- any of numerous predaceous, chiefly nocturnal arthropods constituting the class Chilopoda, having an elongated, flattened body composed of from 15 to 173 segments, each with a pair of legs, the first pair being modified into poison fangs.
Origin of centipede
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Examples from the Web for centipede
You should be a centipede, Hal, instead of that forlorn biped, a bachelor.
"He saw me walking in the Stad with the Centipede," Greta added.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Have you swallowed a centipede or has the cramp-colic griped you?The Red Acorn
Was the creature a centipede he would hardly have drumsticks to satisfy you!Carl and the Cotton Gin
Sara Ware Bassett
And the centipede laughed a cackling laugh and went in again.Eskimo Folktales
- any carnivorous arthropod of the genera Lithobius, Scutigera, etc, having a body of between 15 and 190 segments, each bearing one pair of legs: class ChilopodaSee also myriapod
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Word Origin and History for centipede
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of various flattened, wormlike arthropods of the class Chilopoda, whose bodies are divided into many segments, each with one pair of legs. The front legs are modified into venomous pincers used to catch prey. Compare millipede.
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