from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several arthropods, such as the centipede or millipede, having segmented bodies, one pair of antennae, and at least nine pairs of legs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any arthropod (such as centipedes and millipedes) of the subphylum Myriapoda

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Myriapoda.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having very numerous legs; specifically, pertaining to the Myriapoda, or having their characters.
  • n. A member of the Myriapoda; a centiped or milleped. Also myriapodan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. general term for any terrestrial arthropod having an elongated body composed of many similar segments: e.g. centipedes and millipedes


From New Latin Mȳriapoda, class name : Greek mūrias, ten thousand; see myriad + New Latin -poda, -pod.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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