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myriapod

[mir-ee-uh-pod] /ˈmɪr i əˌpɒd/
noun
1.
any arthropod of the group Myriapoda, having an elongated segmented body with numerous paired, jointed legs, formerly classified as a class comprising the centipedes and millipedes.
adjective
2.
Also, myriapodous
[mir-ee-ap-uh-duh s] /ˌmɪr iˈæp ə dəs/ (Show IPA)
. belonging or pertaining to the myriapods.
3.
having very numerous legs.
Also, myriopod.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < New Latin Myriapoda. See myria-, -pod
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myriapod

/ˈmɪrɪəˌpɒd/
noun
1.
any terrestrial arthropod of the group Myriapoda, having a long segmented body and many walking limbs: includes the centipedes and millipedes
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Myriapoda
Derived Forms
myriapodan (ˌmɪrɪˈæpədən) adjective
myriapodous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Myriapoda. See myriad, -pod
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myriapod
  (mĭr'ē-ə-pŏd')   
Any of various arthropods belonging to several closely related groups, having long segmented bodies, one pair of antennae, and at least nine pairs of legs. Centipedes and millipedes are myriapods.
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Encyclopedia Article for myriapod

any member of several closely related groups of the invertebrate phylum Arthropoda, including the extinct Archipolypoda, extant Diplopoda, or millipedes (see millipede), Chilopoda, or centipedes (see centipede), Pauropoda (see pauropod), and Symphyla (see symphylan). The myriapods are a little-known group, although some 11,000 living species have been recognized.

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