- not vertebrate; without a backbone.
- of or relating to creatures without a backbone.
Origin of invertebrate
Examples from the Web for invertebrate
A courtier, a lapdog, an invertebrate creature without power or dignity.The Tangled Skein|Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
It avoids the invertebrate flow of thought that is unaware of structure.Expository Writing|Mervin James Curl
The class of animals having no backbone, or invertebrate animals, were largely represented.The Prehistoric World|E. A. Allen
Neither the Tunicata nor Amphioxus can by any possibility be on the direct line of ascent from the invertebrate to the vertebrate.The Origin of Vertebrates|Walter Holbrook Gaskell
Among the invertebrate animals are numerous examples of the deterioration of a race.The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences|Edward Hitchcock
British Dictionary definitions for invertebrate
adjective Also: in'vertebral
Word Origin and History for invertebrate
1826, from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + vertebra "joint" (see vertebra). Invertebrata as a biological classification was coined 1805 by French naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769-1832). As an adjective by 1838.