nemertean

noun
ne·​mer·​te·​an | \ ni-ˈmər-tē-ən How to pronounce nemertean (audio) \

Definition of nemertean

: any of a phylum (Nemertea synonym 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

Other Words from nemertean

nemertine \ ˈne-​mər-​ˌtīn How to pronounce nemertine (audio) \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of nemertean

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nemertean

ultimately from Greek Nēmertēs Nemertes, one of the Nereids

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“Nemertean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nemertean. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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