One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An animal with many feet (now chiefly historical and poetic).
Of a machine or vehicle: having more than two legs.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin multipeda (also multiped-, multipēs) a small creature with many feet or legs from multi- + pēs foot, after ancient Greek πολύπους polypus.
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