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nemertean

[ ni-mur-tee-uhn ]

noun

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


nemertean

/ nɪˈmɜːtɪən; ˈnɛməˌtaɪn /

noun

  1. Also calledribbon 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

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Other Words From

  • ne·mer·tine [ni-, mur, -teen], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of nemertean1

1860–65; < New Latin Nemerte ( a ), derivative of Nemertes a genus (< Greek Nēmertḗs name of a Nereid; -a 2 ) + -an

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Word History and Origins

Origin of nemertean1

C19: via New Latin from Greek Nēmertēs a Nereid 1

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Example Sentences

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

The principal characteristic of the nemertean worms is a long thread-like organ, known as the proboscis.

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