from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A class of articulate animals of the subkingdom Arthropoda; the centipeds and millepeds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. arthropods having the body composed of numerous double somites each with two pairs of legs: millipedes
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The embryo of a crab resembles the perfect animal of the inferior order myriapoda, and passes through all the forms of transition which characterize the intermediate tribes of crustacea.
Many of them, like the myriapoda and the thysanura, have no wings, and but feeble locomotive powers; many of them, such as the ephemera and the male ants, live after they have got their wings only a few hours, or at most a few days; and there are myriads of them that can live upon but single plants that grow in very limited botanic centres.