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millipede or millepede or milleped (ˈmɪlɪˌpiːd Pronunciation for )



  1. any terrestrial herbivorous arthropod of the class Diplopoda, having a cylindrical body made up of many segments, each of which bears two pairs of walking legs See also myriapod

Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from mille thousand + pēs foot

Example Sentences Including 'millipede'

If the authorities let this one pass, I expect the bug world will foist a two-legged " millipede " on us any day now.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
In South Australia authorities released a European fly which lives as a parasite on the millipede and kills it.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2005)
The rare millipede Brachychaetuma melanops, a white, slender-bodied species, has an interesting distribution.
Chapman, Philip Caves and Cave Life


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