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millepede

[mil-uh-peed]
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noun
  1. millipede.
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millipede

or mil·le·pede

[mil-uh-peed]
noun
  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.
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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

millepede

milleped (ˈmɪlɪˌpɛd)

noun
  1. variants of millipede
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millipede

millepede milleped

noun
  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
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Word Origin

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

millipede

n.

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

millipede

[mĭlə-pēd′]
  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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