or myr·i·o·pod

[ mir-ee-uh-pod ]
/ ˈmɪr i əˌpɒd /


any arthropod of the group Myriapoda, having an elongated segmented body with numerous paired, jointed legs, formerly classified as a class comprising the centipedes and millipedes.


Also myr·i·ap·o·dous [mir-ee-ap-uh-duh s] /ˌmɪr iˈæp ə dəs/. belonging or pertaining to the myriapods.
having very numerous legs.


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Origin of myriapod

From the New Latin word Myriapoda, dating back to 1820–30. See myria-, -pod Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for myriapod

/ (ˈmɪrɪəˌpɒd) /


any terrestrial arthropod of the group Myriapoda, having a long segmented body and many walking limbs: includes the centipedes and millipedes


of, relating to, or belonging to the Myriapoda

Derived forms of myriapod

myriapodan (ˌmɪrɪˈæpədən), adjectivemyriapodous, adjective

Word Origin for myriapod

C19: from New Latin Myriapoda. See myriad, -pod
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for myriapod

[ mĭrē-ə-pŏd′ ]

Any of various arthropods belonging to several closely related groups, having long segmented bodies, one pair of antennae, and at least nine pairs of legs. Centipedes and millipedes are myriapods.
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