poly·​chaete | \ ˈpä-lē-ˌkēt How to pronounce polychaete (audio) \

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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polychaete adjective

Examples of polychaete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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. Brian Switek, WIRED, 23 Apr. 2010

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First Known Use of polychaete

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polychaete

ultimately from Greek polychaitēs having much hair, from poly- + chaitē long hair

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The first known use of polychaete was in 1891

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“Polychaete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polychaete. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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