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 slits and including the vertebrates, lancelets, and tunicates



Origin and Etymology of chordate

ultimately from Latin chorda cord

First Known Use: 1897

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