myriapod

myriapod

[mir-ee-uh-pod]
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-duhs] . belonging or pertaining to the myriapods.
3.
having very numerous legs.
Also, myriopod.


Origin:
1820–30; < Neo-Latin Myriapoda. See myria-, -pod

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myriapod (ˈmɪrɪəˌpɒd)
 
n
1.  any terrestrial arthropod of the group Myriapoda, having a long segmented body and many walking limbs: includes the centipedes and millipedes
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Myriapoda
 
[C19: from New Latin Myriapoda. See myriad, -pod]
 
myriapodan
 
adj
 
myri'apodous
 
adj

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myriapod   (mĭr'ē-ə-pŏd')  Pronunciation Key 
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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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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