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invertebrate

adjective in·ver·te·brate \(ˌ)in-ˈvər-tə-brət, -ˌbrāt\

Definition of INVERTEBRATE

1
:  lacking a spinal column; also :  of, relating to, or concerned with invertebrate animals
2
:  lacking in strength or vitality :  weak
invertebrate noun
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Examples of INVERTEBRATE

  1. <an invertebrate Congress that blithely went along with the President's ill-conceived plan>

Origin of INVERTEBRATE

New Latin invertebratus, from Latin in- + New Latin vertebratus vertebrate
First Known Use: 1832

Other Invertebrates (Except Insects) Terms

anemone, cephalopod, quahog
INVERTEBRATE Defined for Kids

1invertebrate

adjective in·ver·te·brate \in-ˈvər-tə-brət\

Definition of INVERTEBRATE for Kids

:  having no backbone <an invertebrate animal>

2invertebrate

noun

Definition of INVERTEBRATE for Kids

:  an animal (as a worm or a crab) that does not have a backbone

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