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nemertean

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noun ne·mer·te·an \ni-ˈmər-tē-ən\

Definition of nemertean

  1. :  any of a phylum (Nemertea syn. Rhynchocoela) of often vividly colored usually long dorsoventrally flattened marine worms that typically burrow in the mud or sand along seacoasts —called also ribbon worm

nem·er·tine play \ˈne-mər-ˌtīn\ adjective or noun


Origin of nemertean

ultimately from Greek Nēmertēs Nemertes, one of the Nereids


First Known Use: 1861


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