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nemertean

[ ni-mur-tee-uhn ]
/ nɪˈmɜr ti ən /
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noun
any member of the invertebrate phylum Nemertea, comprising the ribbon worms.
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Also called ribbon worm.

Origin of nemertean

1860–65; <New Latin Nemerte(a), derivative of Nemertes a genus (<Greek Nēmertḗs name of a Nereid; see -a2) + -an

OTHER WORDS FROM nemertean

ne·mer·tine [ni-mur-teen], /nɪˈmɜr tin/, adjective
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How to use nemertean in a sentence

  • One of the largest nemertean worms; found on sandy and muddy shores near low-water mark.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
  • The principal characteristic of the nemertean worms is a long thread-like organ, known as the proboscis.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold

British Dictionary definitions for nemertean

nemertean

nemertine (ˈnɛməˌtaɪn)

/ (nɪˈmɜːtɪən) /

noun
Also called: ribbon worm any soft flattened ribbon-like marine worm of the phylum (or class) Nemertea (or Nemertina), having an eversible threadlike proboscis
adjective
of, relating to, or belonging to the Nemertea

Word Origin for nemertean

C19: via New Latin from Greek Nēmertēs a Nereid 1
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