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

  • n. Any of numerous centipedes of the family Scolopendridae, especially the larger ones, such as Scolopendra gigas of the West Indies.

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  • n. Any member of the Scolopendridae.


From New Latin Scolopendridae, family name, from Latin scolopendra, a kind of centipede, from Greek skolopendra, millipede.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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