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/

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. 

(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)