One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An arthropod of a group that includes the centipedes, millipedes, and related animals. Myriapods have elongated bodies with numerous leg-bearing segments.
- ‘More problematic are the relationships of the four major groups, hexapods (including insects), crustaceans, myriapods (including centipedes and millipedes), and chelicerates (including spiders).’
- ‘Living among these early land plants were a diverse selection of arthropods, including spiders, mites, myriapods and collembolids.’
- ‘This implies that water-to-land transition occurred at least three times (hexapods, myriapods, arachnids) during the evolution of the Arthropoda.’
- ‘These tiny myriapods generally resemble very small centipedes.’
- ‘Like myriapods they have many trunk segments, but there the resemblance ends.’
Early 19th century: from modern Latin Myriapoda, from Greek murias (see myriad) + pous, pod- ‘foot’.
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