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Any of numerous animals of the phylum Chordata, having at some stage of development a dorsal nerve cord, a notochord, and gill slits and including all vertebrates, the hagfishes, and certain marine animals such as the lancelets and the tunicates.
[From New Latin Chordāta, phylum name, from Latin chorda, cord; see cord.]
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(Animals) any animal of the phylum Chordata, including the vertebrates and protochordates, characterized by a notochord, dorsal tubular nerve cord, and pharyngeal gill slits
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Chordata
[C19: from Medieval Latin chordata; see chord1 + -ate1]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. belonging or pertaining to the phylum Chordata, comprising the true vertebrates and those animals having a notochord, as the lancelets and tunicates.n.
2. a chordate animal.
[1885–90; < New Latin Chordata=chord(a) string, cord]
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Any of a large group of animals having at some stage of development a nerve cord and flexible spinal column (called a notochord) running along the back, and gill slits. Chordates include the vertebrates, lancelets, and tunicates.
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|Noun||1.||chordate - any animal of the phylum Chordata having a notochord or spinal column|
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
cephalochordate - fish-like animals having a notochord rather than a true spinal column
tunicate, urochord, urochordate - primitive marine animal having a saclike unsegmented body and a urochord that is conspicuous in the larva
|Adj.||1.||chordate - of or relating to or characteristic of the Chordata|
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