Scutigera

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Scutigera a genus of Scutigeridae
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scutigera The typical genus of Scutigeridæ: same as Cermatia. A common North American species is S. (or Cermatia) forceps, ordinarily known as thousand-legs, centiped, and earwig, which abounds in houses in the southern United States. It is carnivoious and preys upon house-flies, small cockroaches, and other household insects. It is ordinarily reputed to bite human beings with dangerous effect, but there is no reason to believe that this reputation is deserved. S. coleoptrata is a small species, scarcely an inch long, inhabiting southern Europe and northern Africa. S. nobilis is about 2 inches long, found in India and Mauritius.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scutigera a common North American species of centipede
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., dim. of scutra, a platter.