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a class of arthropods having the trunk composed of numerous somites each bearing one pair of legs; includes centipedes


animal noun (animals and microorganisms)


(* Chilopoda may be used in a singular or plural context)

Member of:

Arthropoda » Animalia

Original source:

Princeton WordNet


chilopods [plural]


modern Latin (plural), from Greek kheilos "lip" + pous, pod- "foot"
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)


Centipede | Centipedes | Chilopoda | forcipules

of the subphylum Myriapoda. They are elongated metameric animals with one pair of legs per body segment. Despite the name, centipedes can have a varying number of legs from under 20 to over 300. Centipedes have an odd number of pairs of legs, e.g. 15... (45 of 3851 words, 9 images)


Oxford Dictionary:

Chilopoda | chilopod [derived]

Syllabification: (Chi·lop·o·da) [zoology] | a class of myriapod arthropods that comprises the centipedes. (12 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/Chilopoda

Chilopoda [zoology] | chilopod [derived]

a class of myriapod arthropods which comprises the centipedes (9 of 41 words, pronunciations)




A taxonomic class within the subphylum Myriapoda -- the centipedes. (9 of 12 words)


New World Dictionary:

centipede | chilopod

any of a class (Chilopoda) of elongated, many-segmented, insect-eating arthropods with a pair of legs to each segment, the front pair being modified ... (23 of 43 words, pronunciation, 1 image)


Collins Dictionary:


any arthropod of the class "Chilopoda", which includes the centipedes "myriapod" (11 of 290 words, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:


Any of various arthropods of the class Chilopoda, which includes the centipedes. (12 of 39 words, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:


any arthropod of the class Chilopoda, comprising the centipedes. (9 of 14 words, pronunciation)


Columbia Encyclopedia:


largest and most diverse animal phylum. The arthropods include crustaceans, insects, centipedes, millipedes, symphylans, pauropodans, and the extinct ... (18 of 164 words, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

social class [social differentiation] | class [synonym]

a group of people within a society who possess the same socioeconomic status. Besides being important in social theory, the concept of class as a ... (25 of 895 words, 4 images)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

class | classes [plural] | Class A/B/C etc | be in a class of your/its own | be in a different class from | not be in the same class as

[countable] one of the groups into which people in a society are divided ... | [countable] a group of students who are taught together: can be ... (25 of 708 words, 11 definitions, 26 usage examples, pronunciation)


class [transitive, often passive, verb] | classed [past tense] | classing [present participle] | classes [3rd-person singular present]

to include someone or something in a particular group because they have similar features or qualities (16 of 73 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/class 40

class [usually before noun, British, informal, adjective]

extremely good (2 of 11 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/class 47


classify | classified [past tense] | classifying [present participle] | break down [verb, classify] | codify [verb, classify] | digest [verb, classify] | grade [verb, classify] | place [verb, classify] | relegate [verb, classify]

to arrange in classes | to assign (as a document) to a category (12 of 151 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)


class [entry 1, often attributive, noun] | elegance [synonym, sense-specific] | caste [synonym, sense-specific] | estate [synonym, sense-specific] | folk [synonym, sense-specific] | gentry [synonym, sense-specific] | order [synonym, sense-specific] | stratum [synonym, sense-specific] | gracelessness [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

a body of students meeting regularly to study the same subject ; the period ... | a group sharing the same economic or social status ; social rank ; ... (28 of 358 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

class [entry 1] | the class of '98/'99, etc. | class of '98/'99, etc.

a group of students who are taught together at school, college or university | a period of time in which students are taught something | "the class of ... (26 of 131 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 1

class [entry 2]

a group of people within society who have the same economic and social position (14 of 73 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 2

class [entry 3] | be in a class of your own | be in a class by itself/of its own | be in a class by itself its own | be in a class by of its own | be out of your class

a group into which goods, services or people are put according to their standard | [British] in Britain, the standard which someone has reached in ... (24 of 158 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 3

class [entry 4]

the quality of being stylish or fashionable (7 of 18 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 4

class [entry 5, specialized]

a group of related plants or animals, in the general classification of plants and animals (15 of 24 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 5

class [entry 6]

to consider someone or something to belong to a particular group because of their qualities (15 of 42 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 6

class [entry 7, informal]

very good (2 of 12 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 7

Encarta Dictionary:

centipede | centipedes [plural] | Chilopoda [member of]

a small fast-moving invertebrate with a long slender body divided into many segments, most of which bear one pair of legs. Class Chilopoda. (23 of 35 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595843​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Oxford Dictionary:


Origin: modern Latin (plural), from Greek kheilos "lip" + pous, pod- "foot"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/Chilopoda

Audio reference

the Free Dictionary:


Audio: British English pronunciation of "Chilopoda"


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