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  • n. Plural form of centipede.


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  • For years, Bruce Sterling has been blogging about political sex scandals around the world, calling them "centipedes" -- today, he's defined the term in a little essay explaining why they're so darned interesting, speaking sociopoliticotechnically.

    Boing Boing

  • Race organizer AEG, a subsidiary of Anschutz Co., says it encourages nonathletic fun through a costume contest and participants who run tied together as so-called centipedes.

    San Francisco's New Race Rules: Run Naked, Not Drunk

  • I named them "centipedes" because they are segmented, covert, and poisonous.

    Boing Boing

  • Many participants showed up in costumes; some raced as "centipedes," tied together.

    15 Miles Is the Loneliest Race

  • The woods abound with a number of dangerous reptiles, such as centipedes and scorpions.

    Narrative of a Voyage to India; of a Shipwreck on board the Lady Castlereagh; and a Description of New South Wales

  • Lieutenant Gordan made a rigid investigation of the racket caused by the "centipedes," but he failed to fasten the blame firmly on any one.

    Frank Merriwell's Chums

  • Barney and Hans declared over and over that they had been bitten by "centipedes," and showed the wounds.

    Frank Merriwell's Chums

  • But there was little encouragement in such thought -- no more than a man might feel in a cave of rattlesnakes or a pit of centipedes, for, crush them with his very bulk, nevertheless they would first sink their poison into him.


  • Yet have I read the Hawaiian bible the missionaries translated to us, and there have I read that your Big Man of the Beginning made the earth and sky and sun and moon and stars, and all manner of animals from horses to cockroaches and from centipedes and mosquitoes to sea lice and jellyfish, and man and woman and everything, and all in six days.


  • He would have possessed a larger sum, had he not, on occasion, conservatively played che fa and fan tan, and had he not, for a twelve-month, toiled among the centipedes and scorpions of the stifling cane-fields in the semi-dream of a continuous opium debauch.



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