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chordate

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noun chor·date \ˈkȯr-ˌdāt, -dət\

Definition of chordate

  1. :  any of a phylum (Chordata) of animals having at least at some stage of development a notochord, dorsally situated central nervous system, and gill clefts and including the vertebrates, lancelets, and tunicates

chordate adjective


Origin of chordate

ultimately from Latin chorda cord


First Known Use: 1897

Rhymes with chordate

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