Scolopendra

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Scolopendra

(skō'lō-pen'dră),
A genus of centipedes characterized by 21-23 pairs of legs. Common U.S. species are Scolopendra heros (the Western house centipede) and Scolopendra morsitans.
[Mod. L., fr. G. skōlopendra, multipede]

Scolopendra

a genus of arthropods in the class Myriapoda. Called also centipede (Chilopoda). They have poison claws used to stun prey and can cause a painful bite to an animal.

Scolopendra gigantea
a large tropical centipede credited as being able to kill a human.
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Natural History Museum expert Stuart Hine with the giant centipede, Scolopendra gigantea, found in a north London home