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chaetognath

[ kee-tog-nath, -tuhg- ]
/ 藞ki t蓲g藢n忙胃, -t蓹g- /
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noun
any animal of the phylum Chaetognatha, comprising the arrowworms.
adjective
Also chae路tog路na路than [kee-tog-nuh-thuhn], /ki藞t蓲g n蓹 胃蓹n/, chae路tog路na路thous. belonging or pertaining to the Chaetognatha.
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Origin of chaetognath

1885鈥90; <New Latin Chaetognatha, neuter plural of chaetognathus;see chaeto-, -gnathous
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British Dictionary definitions for chaetognath

chaetognath
/ (藞ki藧t蓲伞藢n忙胃) /

noun
any small wormlike marine invertebrate of the phylum Chaetognatha, including the arrowworms, having a coelom and a ring of bristles around the mouth

Word Origin for chaetognath

C19: New Latin Chaetognatha, literally: hair-jaw, from chaeta + Greek gnathos jaw
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Scientific definitions for chaetognath

chaetognath
[ k膿t艔g-n膬th鈥 ]

Any of various small, wormlike marine invertebrates of the phylum Chaetognatha, having often transparent or translucent bodies that are pointed at one end. The head has small hooks for grasping prey, and it contains a large cerebral ganglion of sensory nerves. Chaetognaths are popularly called arrowworms, and are thought to be related to the echinoderms and chordates.
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