Origin of chilopod

1820–30; < New Latin Chilopoda; see chilo-2 -pod
Related formschi·lop·o·dous [kahy-lop-uh-duh s] /kaɪˈlɒp ə dəs/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for chilopod


  1. any arthropod of the class Chilopoda, which includes the centipedesSee also myriapod
Derived Formschilopodan (kaɪˈlɒpədən), noun, adjectivechilopodous, adjective

Word Origin for chilopod

C19: from New Latin Chilopoda, from Greek kheilos lip + pous foot; referring to the modification of the first pair of legs into jawlike claws
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