nemertean

[ni-mur-tee-uh n]
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noun

any member of the invertebrate phylum Nemertea, comprising the ribbon worms.

Nearby words

  1. nemean,
  2. nemean games,
  3. nemean lion,
  4. nemerov,
  5. nemerov, howard,
  6. nemesia,
  7. nemesis,
  8. nemine contradicente,
  9. nemine dissentiente,
  10. nemo

Origin of nemertean

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

Also called ribbon worm.

Related formsne·mer·tine [ni-mur-teen] /nɪˈmɜr tin/, adjective

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Examples from the Web for nemertean

  • 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)

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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