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nemertean

[ni-mur-tee-uh n] /nɪˈmɜr ti ən/
noun
1.
any member of the invertebrate phylum Nemertea, comprising the ribbon worms.
Also called ribbon worm.
Origin of nemertean
1860-1865
1860-65; < New Latin Nemerte(a), derivative of Nemertes a genus (< Greek Nēmertḗs name of a Nereid; see -a2) + -an
Related forms
nemertine
[ni-mur-teen] /nɪˈmɜr tin/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • The principal characteristic of the nemertean worms is a long thread-like organ, known as the proboscis.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for nemertean

nemertean

/nɪˈmɜːtɪən/
noun
1.
Also called ribbon worm. any soft flattened ribbon-like marine worm of the phylum (or class) Nemertea (or Nemertina), having an eversible threadlike proboscis
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Nemertea
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek Nēmertēs a Nereid1
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