Symphyla

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Symphyla small class of minute arthropods; unimportant except for the garden centipede
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Symphyla (Zoöl) An order of small apterous insects having an elongated body, with three pairs of thoracic and about nine pairs of abdominal legs. They are, in many respects, intermediate between myriapods and true insects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Symphyla An order or suborder of insects, combining some characters which are now mostly manifested in widely distinct types. This group is represented by the Scolopendrellidæ, and forms in some respects a connecting-link between the classes of myriapods and hexapods. All the known species are small (less than 7 millimeters in length); they resemble minute centipeds, and each abdominal segment bears a pair of legs; with the exception of these appendages, however, the structure resembles that of some thysanurous insects. The legs are five-jointed, and end in a pair of claws.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Symphyla sim′fi-la an order or suborder of insects related to typical Thysanura, but resembling chilopods and having many abdominal legs
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. sy`n with + a clan
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. symphylos, of the same race—syn, with, phylon, a clan.

Usage

In literature:

Uterus masculinus: a pouch or sac into which the ductus ejaculatorius opens in the Symphyla.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
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