[ (in-vur-tuh-bruhts, in-vur-tuh-brayts) ]

Animals without backbones. (Compare vertebrates.)

Words Nearby invertebrates

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How to use invertebrates in a sentence

  • Rossellini enthusiastically acts out various sex acts while costumed as an earthworm, a spider, a bee, and other invertebrates.

    Isabella Does Bug Porn | Will Doig | October 31, 2008 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The amphioxus, the bridge between invertebrates and vertebrates, is not hermaphrodite.

  • They cared nothing for mammonism, that some philosophical crank has defined to be a physical force that makes men invertebrates.

    The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington
  • In a short paper of 1824 Serres attempted an explanation of the nervous system of invertebrates.

    Form and Function | E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • In them all classes of seaweeds and marine invertebrates may be found and their habits watched.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide | Augusta Foote Arnold
  • We have another striking example among the invertebrates in the snails (gasteropoda).

    The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel