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This month's Latin word
  • biped  (having two feet; two-footed)

  • centipede  (any of various wormlike arthropods of the class Chilopoda, having a flattened body composed of segments, each bearing a pair of jointed appendages)

  • maxilliped  (one of the three pairs of crustacean head appendages located just posterior to the maxillae and used in feeding)

  • millipede or millepede or diplopod  (any of various crawling, herbivorous myriapods of the class Diplopoda, found worldwide and having a cylindrical, segmented body with two pairs of legs attached to all segments except for the first four in the thoracic region)

  • passepied  (a spirited court dance, popular in France and England in the 17th and 18th centuries, resembling a minuet but faster)

  • pawn  (a chess piece of lowest value that may move forward one square at a time or two squares in the first move, capture other pieces only on a one-space diagonal forward move, and be promoted to any piece other than a king upon reaching the eighth rank; a person or an entity used to further the purposes of another)

  • pedal  (a foot-operated lever used for actuating or controlling a mechanism, as in a loom, a sewing machine, a piano, or an organ)

  • pedate  (resembling or functioning as a foot)

  • peddler  (one who travels about selling wares for a living; a hawker)

  • pedes  (plural of pes)

  • pedestal  (an architectural support or base, as for a column or statue)

  • pedestrian  (going or performed on foot)

  • pedicel  (a small stalk, part, or organ, especially one serving as a support)

  • pedicle  (a slender, footlike or stemlike part, as at the base of a tumor)

  • pediculate  (of, relating to, or being the marine teleost fishes of the order Pediculati, characterized by pectoral fins extending from an armlike process and a dorsal fin ray that serves as a lure for prey)

  • pedicure  (cosmetic care of the feet and toenails)

  • pedigree  (a line of ancestors; a lineage)

  • peduncle  (the stalk of an inflorescence or a stalk bearing a solitary flower in a one-flowered inflorescence)

  • pes  (a foot or footlike part, especially the foot of a four-footed vertebrate)

  • pinniped  (of or belonging to the Pinnipedia, a suborder of carnivorous aquatic mammals that includes the seals, walruses, and similar animals having finlike flippers as organs of locomotion)

  • sesquipedal  (given to the use of long words; long and ponderous; polysyllabic)

  • talipes  (a congenital deformity of the foot, usually marked by a curled shape or twisted position of the ankle, heel, and toes)

  • trivet  (a metal stand with short feet, used under a hot dish on a table; a three-legged stand made of metal, used for supporting cooking vessels in a hearth)

  • velocipede  (a tricycle; any of several early bicycles having pedals attached to the front wheel; an early bicycle propelled by pushing the feet along the ground while straddling the vehicle)

Definitions are taken from:

The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition copyright Ā© 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Electronic version licensed from InfoSoft International, Inc. All rights reserved.

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. (30 Sep. 2006).

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