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Centipedes (from Latin prefix ', "hundred", and ', ', "foot") are arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda.

centipede n : chiefly nocturnal predacious arthropod having a flattened body of 15 to 173 segments each with a pair of legs the foremost being modified into poison fangs

60 Moby Thesaurus words for "centipede": C, Chilopoda, Chordata, Echiuroidea, Ectoprocta, Entoprocta, Monoplacophora, Nemertinea, Phoronidea, arachnid, arthropod, beetle, bicentenary, bicentennial, bug, caterpillar, cental, centare, centenarian, centenary, centennial, centennium, centigram, centimeter, centistere, centred, centref, centrev, centumvir, centumvirate, centurion, century, chilopod, cwt, daddy longlegs, diplopod, fly, gross, harvestman, hecatomb, hexapod, hundred, hundredweight, insect, larva, long hundred, maggot, millepede, millipede, mite, nymph, one C, scorpion, sesquicentenary, sesquicentennial, spider, tarantula, tercentenary, tercentennial, tick

Centipede \Cen"ti*pede\, n. [L. centipeda; centum a hundred + pes, pedis, foot: cf. F. centip[`e]de.] (Zo["o]l.) A species of the Myriapoda; esp. the large, flattened, venomous kinds of the order {Chilopoda}, found in tropical climates. they are many-jointed, and have a great number of feet. [Formerly also chi`lioi {centiped} (?).] [1913 Webster]


Millipedes are arthropods that have two pairs of legs per segment (except for the first segment behind the head which does not have any appendages at all, and the next few which only have one pair of legs).

millipede n : any of numerous herbivorous nonpoisonous arthropods having a cylindrical body of 20 to 100 or more segments most with two pairs of legs [syn: {millepede}, {milliped}]

Milleped \Mil"le*ped\ (m[i^]l"l[-e]*p[e^]d[i^]), n. [L. millepeda; mille a thousand + pes, pedis, foot: cf. F. mille-pieds.] (Zo["o]l.) A myriapod with many legs, esp. a chilognath, as the galleyworm. [Written also {millipede} and {milliped}.] [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • centipede: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • centipede: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • centipede: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • millipede: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • millipede: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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