centipedenoun [ C ]uk /ˈsen.tɪ.piːd/ us /ˈsen.t̬ə.piːd/
Examples from literature
- 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!
- A big centipede—it was seven inches, for we measured it afterwards—fell from the rafters overhead squarely into her coiffure.
- All those found in the Northern States are perfectly harmless, the true centipede, whose bite is reputed much more venomous than it really is, being found only in the South.
- But with the exception of these tormenting insects, and a rather alarming variety of centipedes, scorpions, and spiders, we have no venomous creatures to disturb us.
- He found a centipede in the garden and pressed it into her hand on the way to school.
- There was a bee weighing down a blossom of thyme close by, and underneath the stalk a very ugly little centipede.