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Meaning of centipede

cen•ti•pede

Pronunciation: (sen'tu-pēd"), [key]
— n.
  1. any of numerous predaceous, chiefly nocturnal arthropods constituting the class Chilopoda, having an elongated, flattened body composed of from 15 to 173 segments, each with a pair of legs, the first pair being modified into poison fangs.
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