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Any of numerous centipedes of the family Scolopendridae, some of which are very large.
[From New Latin Scolopendridae, family name, from Latin scolopendra, a kind of centipede, from Greek skolopendra, millipede.]
(Animals) any centipede of the family Scolopendridae, including some large and poisonous species
[C19: from New Latin Scolopendridae, from Latin scolopendra, from Greek skolopendra legendary sea-fish]