One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of arthropods comprising the centipedes, millipedes, pauropods, and symphylans, which have elongated bodies with numerous leg-bearing segments; (treated as plural) such arthropods collectively.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Stark (fl. 1828). From scientific Latin Myriapoda from myria- + -poda. Compare slightly earlier myriapod [noun], and medieval Greek (or earlier) μυριόπους many-footed.
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