polychaete

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noun poly·chaete \ˈpä-lē-ˌkēt\

Definition of polychaete

  1. :  any of a class (Polychaeta) of chiefly marine annelid worms (as clam worms) usually with paired segmental appendages, separate sexes, and a free-swimming trochophore larva

polychaete

adjective

Origin and Etymology of polychaete

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


First Known Use: 1891


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