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millipede

Pronunciation: mil'i-ped

Definition: A venomous nonpredaceous arthropod of the order Diplopoda, characterized by two pairs of legs per leg-bearing segment. The venom is purely defensive, oozed or squirted from pores along the body, producing irritation to the skin or severe inflammation if it reaches the eyes.

[milli- + L. pes, pedis, foot]

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