- 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
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The millipede cautiously reared its head from the sand and felt timidly about.Jungle Peace
Hypopi have been found in the gill chambers of a mollusk and in the gonads of a millipede (Baker and Wharton, 1952).The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
The last pair of legs in the centipede and millipede are never used for walking, and are generally much longer than the rest.Chatterbox, 1905.
If there is pathos in this, there is bathos in his apostrophe to the millipede, beginning "Poor sowbug!"Medical Essays
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- 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
C17: from Latin, from mille thousand + pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for millipede
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- 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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