lancelet

noun
lance·​let | \ ˈlan(t)-slət How to pronounce lancelet (audio) \

Definition of lancelet

: any of a subphylum (Cephalochordata) of small translucent marine primitive chordate animals that are fishlike in appearance and usually live partially buried on the ocean floor

called also amphioxus

First Known Use of lancelet

circa 1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Lancelet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lancelet. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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lancelet

noun
lance·​let | \ ˈlan(t)-slət How to pronounce lancelet (audio) \

Medical Definition of lancelet

: any vertebrate animal of the subphylum Cephalochordata

called also amphioxus

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