Myriapoda Myr`i*ap"o*da, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? numberless + -poda.] (Zo["o]l.) A class, or subclass, of arthropods, related to the hexapod insects, from which they differ in having the body made up of numerous similar segments, nearly all of which bear true jointed legs. They have one pair of antenn[ae], three pairs of mouth organs, and numerous trache[ae], similar to those of true insects. The larv[ae], when first hatched, often have but three pairs of legs. See {Centiped}, {Galleyworm}, {Milliped}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The existing Myriapoda are divided into three orders: {Chilopoda}, {Chilognatha} or {Diplopoda}, and {Pauropoda} (see these words in the Vocabulary). Large fossil species (very different from any living forms) are found in the Carboniferous formation. [1913 Webster]

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