cephalochordate

noun
ceph·​a·​lo·​chor·​date | \ ˌse-fə-lō-ˈkȯr-ˌdāt How to pronounce cephalochordate (audio) , -dət \
plural cephalochordates

Definition of cephalochordate

: an animal of the subphylum Cephalochordata : lancelet Although cephalochordates had achieved the primary characters of chordates—notochord, dorsal hollow nerve cord, and pharyngeal gill slits—as well as a postanal tail and segmental muscles throughout the trunk and tail, they lack many other features that characterize vertebrates.— Robert L. Carroll, Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution, 1997

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cephalochordate adjective

First Known Use of cephalochordate

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Cephalochordate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cephalochordate. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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