Definition of polychaete
: any of a class (Polychaeta) of chiefly marine annelid worms (such as clam worms) usually with paired segmental appendages, separate sexes, and a free-swimming trochophore larva
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For at least 30 million years, bone-eating worms have been making their homes in the bodies of decomposing whales on the seabottom, but the rotting cetacean carcasses are not just food sources for the polychaetes.
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Origin and Etymology of polychaete
ultimately from Greek polychaitēs having much hair, from poly- + chaitē long hair
First Known Use: 1891See Words from the same year
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