- not vertebrate; without a backbone.
- of or relating to creatures without a backbone.
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Origin of invertebrate
OTHER WORDS FROM invertebratein·ver·te·bra·cy [in-vur-tuh-bruh-see], /ɪnˈvɜr tə brə si/, in·ver·te·brate·ness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for invertebrate
They have the largest brain to body mass ratio of known invertebrates, and have incredibly complex nervous systems.You get brainwashed whenever you go to sleep (and that’s a good thing)|PopSci Staff|March 17, 2021|Popular Science
Because of that close resemblance to invertebrates, lampreys have long been treated as a model for the earliest vertebrates--not exactly our ancestors, but dopplegangers.These fossilized lamprey hatchlings disprove an age-old evolutionary theory|Philip Kiefer|March 11, 2021|Popular Science
Though those figures are astounding, the impacts on lesser-studied groups such as invertebrates and plants may have been even greater.
Despite their many legs, these invertebrates are typically slow moving, live in litter under logs or rocks and are very vulnerable to fire.
While there’s no doubt that such charismatic megafauna suffered enormously, the greatest toll is likely to have been in other groups of species, such as invertebrates and plants, which often escape the public’s attention.
The invertebrate fauna of the British deposits is, as might be expected, very poor until the beds of the Rhtic series are reached.
The invertebrate fauna shows an approximation to that of the present day.
This is particularly observable between the vertebrate and invertebrate animals.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)|William Kirby
Valentine began, startled out of his invertebrate placidity by a sensationalist more original than himself.Lady Lilith|Stephen McKenna
The eldest wrote from his dictation part of the sixth and seventh volumes of his work on the invertebrate animals.Evolution, Old & New|Samuel Butler