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  1. millipede.


or mil·le·pede

  1. any terrestrial arthropod of the class Diplopoda, having a cylindrical body composed of 20 to more than 100 segments, each with two pairs of legs.

Origin of millipede

1595–1605; < Latin mīlipeda (Pliny), equivalent to mīli- milli- + -peda, derivative of pēs, stem ped- foot
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Historical Examples

  • You know what a millepede or thousand-legs looks like when it rolls itself up, don't you?

    The Animal World, A Book of Natural History

    Theodore Wood

British Dictionary definitions for millepede


milleped (ˈmɪlɪˌpɛd)

  1. variants of millipede


millepede milleped

  1. any terrestrial herbivorous arthropod of the class Diplopoda, having a cylindrical body made up of many segments, each of which bears two pairs of walking legsSee also myriapod

Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from mille thousand + pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for millepede



also millepede, c.1600, from Latin millepeda "wood louse," a type of crawling insect, from mille "thousand" (see million) + pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Probably a loan-translation of Greek chiliopous.

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millepede in Science


  1. Any of various wormlike arthropods of the class Diplopoda, having a long body composed of many narrow segments, most of which have two pairs of legs. Millipedes feed on plants and, unlike centipedes, do not have venomous pincers. Compare centipede.
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