from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various wormlike arthropods of the class Chilopoda, having a flattened body composed of segments, each bearing a pair of jointed appendages. The appendages of the foremost body segment are modified into venomous biting organs with which it preys on insects, such as cockroaches.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A segmented arthropod of class Chilopoda with a large number of legs, traditionally one hundred (though most species have far fewer.)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. chiefly nocturnal predacious arthropod having a flattened body of 15 to 173 segments each with a pair of legs, the foremost pair being modified as prehensors
Latin centipeda : centi-, centi- + pēs, ped-, foot; see -ped.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin centi- ("hundred"), + -pede ("feet") (Wiktionary)