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annelid

[ an-l-id ]
/ ˈæn l ɪd /
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noun

any segmented worm of the phylum Annelida, including the earthworms, leeches, and various marine forms.

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the Annelida.

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Also an·nel·i·dan [uh-nel-i-dn]. /əˈnɛl ɪ dn/.

Origin of annelid

First recorded in 1825–35; see origin at Annelida
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British Dictionary definitions for annelid

annelid
/ (ˈænəlɪd) /

noun

any worms of the phylum Annelida, in which the body is divided into segments both externally and internally. The group includes the earthworms, lugworm, ragworm, and leeches

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Annelida

Derived forms of annelid

annelidan (əˈnɛlɪdən), noun, adjective

Word Origin for annelid

C19: from New Latin Annelida, from French annelés, literally: the ringed ones, from Old French annel ring, from Latin ānellus, from ānulus ring
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Scientific definitions for annelid

annelid
[ ănə-lĭd ]

Any of various worms or wormlike animals of the phylum Annelida, characterized by an elongated, cylindrical body divided into ringlike segments. Most annelids have movable bristles called setae, and include earthworms, leeches, and polychetes (marine worms).
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