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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How to use millipede in a sentence
He says that their mention of millipedes will no longer require the line that technically, their name is a misnomer.
The leafy bits of bait nabbed a group of eight curiously long, threadlike millipedes from the soil.
Researchers nabbed the specimen and seven other curiously long, threadlike millipedes by dropping cups baited with leaf litter into drill holes used for mineral prospecting that were up to 60 meters deep.A 1,306-legged millipede is the first to live up to its name | Jonathan Lambert | December 21, 2021 | Science News
Yet no millipede with more than 750 legs has ever been found, until now.A 1,306-legged millipede is the first to live up to its name | Jonathan Lambert | December 21, 2021 | Science News
The unique critter was found deep underground in Western Australia and boasts up to 1,306 legs—more than the paltry 750 legs previously documented in millipedes, or indeed any other animal.This eyeless millipede shattered the record for most legs | Kate Baggaley | December 17, 2021 | Popular-Science
If there is pathos in this, there is bathos in his apostrophe to the millipede, beginning "Poor sowbug!"Medical Essays | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The monstrous millipede stood immobile, trapped for the moment by the gratification of all its desires.
The creature was a monstrous millipede, forty feet in length, with features of purest, unadulterated horror.
And this could have been safety for them—save for the giant millipede no more than half a mile below.
The Captain and Murray fell in at the tail of the quivering millipede.The Trimmed Lamp | O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for millipede
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
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Scientific definitions for millipede
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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