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chordates

[ (kawr-dayts, kawr-duhts) ]
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Animals that have a central nerve like the human spinal cord.

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Chordates make up a phylum in the animal kingdom that includes all the vertebrates, along with some primitive wormlike sea animals. (See Linnean classification.)
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