Centipede

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The centipede, s, is a monster in NetHack. It is extremely slow, and not a significant threat despite its poisonous bite. Its corpse is safe to eat and may convey poison resistance.

Encyclopaedia entry

I observed here, what I had often seen before, that certain
districts abound in centipedes. Here they have light
reddish bodies and blue legs; great myriapedes are seen
crawling every where. Although they do no harm, they excite
in man a feeling of loathing. Perhaps our appearance
produces a similar feeling in the elephant and other large
animals. Where they have been much disturbed, they
certainly look upon us with great distrust, as the horrid
biped that ruins their peace.

[ Travels and Researches in South Africa,
by Dr. David Livingstone ]

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