- 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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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
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- 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 for millipede
C17: from Latin, from mille thousand + pēs foot
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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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