plural noun

: a class of Annelida or in former classifications an order of Chaetopoda that comprises chiefly marine annelid worms usually having paired setate appendages on most segments, a differentiated head with eyes, tactile processes and bristles, and chitinous jaws and being distinguished from the related oligochaete worms by possession of separate sexes and by a complex life history with a free-swimming trochophore larva see errantia , sedentaria

Word History


New Latin, from Greek polychaitēs with much hair, from poly- much (from polys much, many) + chaitē long flowing hair

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“Polychaeta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Polychaeta. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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