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millipede

or mil·le·pede

[ mil-uh-peed ]
/ ˈmɪl əˌpid /
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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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for millipede

millipede

millepede milleped

/ (ˈmɪlɪˌpiːd) /

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 legsSee also myriapod

Word Origin for millipede

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

millipede
[ mĭlə-pēd′ ]

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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