• (British) IPA: /ˈsɛnt.ɪ.pid/

centipede (plural centipedes)

  1. Any arthropod of class Chilopoda, which have a segmented body with one pair of legs per segment and from about 20 to 300 legs in total.
    • 1993, Gordon M. Nishida, JoAnn M. Tenorio, What Bit Me?: Identifying Hawai'i's Stinging and Biting Insects and Their Kin, page 29 ↗,
      Centipedes differ from millipedes by having a single pair of legs on each body segment.
    • 2011, Alan Gunn, Essential Forensic Biology, 2nd Edition, unnumbered page ↗,
      All centipedes (Chilopoda) and spiders (Aranea) are predatory and although they are often found on corpses their impact on the other fauna is not known.
  • (any species of class Chilopoda) chilopod

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