any myriapod of the order Scolopendrida, including many large, poisonous centipedes.

Origin of scolopendrid

< New Latin Scolopendrida order name, equivalent to scolopendr(a) (< Greek skolópendra millipede) + -ida -ida; see -id2
Related formsscol·o·pen·drine [skol-uh-pen-drahyn, -drin] /ˌskɒl əˈpɛn draɪn, -drɪn/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any centipede of the family Scolopendridae, including some large and poisonous species
Derived Formsscolopendrine (ˌskɒləˈpɛndraɪn, -drɪn), adjective

Word Origin for scolopendrid

C19: from New Latin Scolopendridae, from Latin scolopendra, from Greek skolopendra legendary sea-fish
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