Definition of Chilopoda in US English:

Chilopoda

Zoology
  • A class of myriapod arthropods which comprises the centipedes.

    • ‘It is agreed that the Chilopoda constitute a natural group, but the systematics differ according to various sources.’
    • ‘Finally, the protNJ tree exhibits a rather different topology, with the Diplopoda as basal clade to all other Arthropoda and the Chilopoda + L. polyphemus sister group of Crustacea + Hexapoda.’
    • ‘This arthropod subphylum includes the Chilopoda, the Diplopoda, the Pauropoda, and the Symphyla.’
    • ‘P. cinereus and some members of the class Chilopoda occupy the same microhabitat, consume similar types of prey, and are similar in body size.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek kheilos ‘lip’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.

Pronunciation

Chilopoda

/kīˈläpədə/