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

  • They occur in Lepisma, the Iulid, and several of the Scolopendrid.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)

    William Kirby

  • The following is the structure, as to its organs, of the mouth of the myriapods, as exhibited by the centipedes (Scolopendrid).

British Dictionary definitions for scolopendrid


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

Word Origin

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