from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A class of articulate animals of the subkingdom Arthropoda; the centipeds and millepeds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) A class, or subclass, of arthropods, related to the hexapod insects, from which they differ in having the body made up of numerous similar segments, nearly all of which bear true jointed legs. They have one pair of antennæ, three pairs of mouth organs, and numerous tracheæ, similar to those of true insects. The larvæ, when first hatched, often have but three pairs of legs. See centiped, galleyworm, milliped.

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

  • noun arthropods having the body composed of numerous double somites each with two pairs of legs: millipedes


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