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protochordate

[ proh-toh-kawr-deyt ]
/ ˌproʊ toʊˈkɔr deɪt /
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noun Zoology.
any of the nonvertebrate chordates, as the tunicates, cephalochordates, and hemichordates.
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Origin of protochordate

1890–95; <New Latin Protochordata name of the group; see proto-, chordate
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British Dictionary definitions for protochordate

protochordate
/ (ˌprəʊtəʊˈkɔːdeɪt) /

noun
any chordate animal of the subphyla Hemichordata (acorn worms), Urochordata (tunicates), and Cephalochordata (lancelets)
adjective
of or relating to protochordates
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