Meaning of “centipede” in the English Dictionary

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"centipede" in British English

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centipedenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsen.tɪ.piːd/ us /ˈsen.t̬ə.piːd/


  • A centipede walks on many small legs, and it can even run if there is danger.
  • Centipedes also have two larger, special legs that they use to catch and eat their food – like teeth!
  • Centipedes have even more legs than insects do.
  • Centipedes walk on many, many legs!
  • Millipedes have more legs than centipedes, but millipedes move slowly because they have short legs that can’t go very far.
  • The word centipede means “one hundred feet,” but some centipedes have only thirty feet, whereas others have three hundred!

(Definition of “centipede” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"centipede" in American English

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centipedenoun [ C ]

us /ˈsent·əˌpid/

a small animal like a worm with a long, thin body and many legs

(Definition of “centipede” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)