having vertebrae; having a backbone or spinal column.
belonging or pertaining to the Vertebrata (or Craniata), a subphylum of chordate animals, comprising those having a brain enclosed in a skull or cranium and a segmented spinal column; a major taxonomic group that includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes.
Origin of vertebrate
Related formsnon·ver·te·brate, adjective, nounsub·ver·te·brate, noun, adjectiveun·ver·te·brate, adjective
First recorded in 1820–30, vertebrate
is from the Latin
jointed. See vertebra
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Related Words for vertebratebeast
Examples from the Web for vertebrate
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Remember that you are a vertebrate animal, and it is by mistake that you have developed a soul.
In the scale of evolution, one vertebrate was as good as another.
He rejects Geoffroy's theory of the vertebrate nature of Articulates.
It is not of the essence of the vertebrate type to be tetrapodal.
Maule appealed to the court: 'My lords, we are vertebrate animals, we are mammalia!
British Dictionary definitions for vertebrate
any chordate animal of the subphylum Vertebrata, characterized by a bony or cartilaginous skeleton and a well-developed brain: the group contains fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals
of, relating to, or belonging to the subphylum Vertebrata
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Word Origin and History for vertebrate
1826, from Latin vertebratus (Pliny), from vertebra "joint or articulation of the body, joint of the spine" (see vertebra).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Having a spinal column.
Of or characteristic of a vertebrate.
A member of the subphylum Vertebrata.
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Any of a large group of chordates of the subphylum Vertebrata (or Craniata), characterized by having a backbone. Vertebrates are bilaterally symmetrical and have an internal skeleton of bone or cartilage, a nervous system divided into brain and spinal cord, and not more than two pairs of limbs. Vertebrates have a well-developed body cavity (called a coelom) containing a chambered heart, large digestive organs, liver, pancreas, and paired kidneys, and their blood contains both red and white corpuscles. Vertebrates include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
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