nemertean

[ni-mur-tee-uh n]

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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Historical Examples of 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
  1. 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
  1. 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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