protochordate

[ proh-toh-kawr-deyt ]

nounZoology.
  1. any of the nonvertebrate chordates, as the tunicates, cephalochordates, and hemichordates.

Origin of protochordate

1
1890–95; <New Latin Protochordata name of the group; see proto-, chordate

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British Dictionary definitions for protochordate

protochordate

/ (ˌprəʊtəʊˈkɔːdeɪt) /


noun
  1. any chordate animal of the subphyla Hemichordata (acorn worms), Urochordata (tunicates), and Cephalochordata (lancelets)

adjective
  1. of or relating to protochordates

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