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chordate

[ kawr-deyt ]
/ ˈkɔr deɪt /
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adjective
belonging or pertaining to the phylum Chordata, comprising animals having a notochord, as the lancelets and tunicates, as well as all the true vertebrates, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
noun
a chordate animal.
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Origin of chordate

First recorded in 1885–90; see origin at Chordata
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British Dictionary definitions for chordate

chordate
/ (ˈkɔːˌdeɪt) /

noun
any animal of the phylum Chordata, including the vertebrates and protochordates, characterized by a notochord, dorsal tubular nerve cord, and pharyngeal gill slits
adjective
of, relating to, or belonging to the Chordata

Word Origin for chordate

C19: from Medieval Latin chordata; see chord 1 + -ate 1
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Scientific definitions for chordate

chordate
[ kôrdāt′ ]

Any of a large group of animals of the phylum Chordata, having at some stage of development a notochord (flexible spinal column) and nerve cord running along the back, a tail stretching above and behind the anus, and gill slits. Chordates probably evolved before the Cambrian Period and are related to the hemichordates, echinoderms, and chaetognaths. The vertebrates, tunicates, and cephalochordates are the three main groups of chordates.
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