cephalochordate


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ceph·a·lo·chor·date

 (sĕf′ə-lə-kôr′dāt′)
n.

[From New Latin Cephalochordāta, subphylum name : cephalo- + Chordāta, chordate phylum; see chordate.]

ceph′a·lo·chor′date adj.

cephalochordate

(ˌsɛfələʊˈkɔːdeɪt)
n
(Animals) any chordate animal of the subphylum Cephalochordata, having a fishlike body and no vertebral column; lancelet
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Cephalochordata

ceph·a·lo·chor·date

(sĕf′ə-lə-kôr′dāt′)
Any of various primitive chordate animals that lack a true vertebral column, having a notochord instead. The lancelets are cephalochordates.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cephalochordate - fish-like animals having a notochord rather than a true spinal columncephalochordate - fish-like animals having a notochord rather than a true spinal column
chordate - any animal of the phylum Chordata having a notochord or spinal column
amphioxus, lancelet - small translucent lancet-shaped burrowing marine animal; primitive forerunner of the vertebrates
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deals with fish and fishlike organisms starting with cephalochordates, hagfishes, lampreys, cartilaginous fishes (including spookfishes) and "all the known teleosts" that occur in south Australian waters.