British pronunciation/sˈɛntɪpˌiːd/
American pronunciation/ˈsɛntɪˌpid/

an arthropod with many pairs of legs and a pair of poisonous fangs

What is a "centipede"?


A centipede is a predatory arthropod characterized by its long, segmented body and numerous pairs of legs. It belongs to the class Chilopoda and is known for its fast movements and ability to capture and subdue its prey. Centipedes are commonly found in various habitats worldwide, ranging from forests to deserts. They play a crucial role in controlling populations of other invertebrates, as they feed on insects, spiders, and other small arthropods. Although their appearance may be intimidating, most centipedes are harmless to humans, with only a few species possessing venomous capabilities. Despite their small size, centipedes exhibit impressive hunting and defensive behaviors, making them fascinating creatures in the realm of invertebrate life.

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