EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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 1595–1605;
(Pliny), equivalent to
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Examples from the Web for millipede Historical Examples of millipede
millipede cautiously reared its head from the sand and felt timidly about.
Hypopi have been found in the gill chambers of a mollusk and in the gonads of a
millipede (Baker and Wharton, 1952).
The last pair of legs in the centipede and
millipede are never used for walking, and are generally much longer than the rest.
If there is pathos in this, there is bathos in his apostrophe to the
millipede, beginning "Poor sowbug!" British Dictionary definitions for millipede millipede millepede milleped noun 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 legs See also myriapod Word Origin for millipede
C17: from Latin, from
mille thousand + pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for millipede n.
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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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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