Definition of chordate in English:

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chordate

Pronunciation: /ˈkôrdət/
/ˈkôrˌdāt/
Zoology

noun

An animal of the large phylum Chordata, comprising the vertebrates together with the sea squirts and lancelets.
Example sentences
  • As an initial matter, the echinoderms and chordate phyla have been arranged in almost every possible phylogenetic order.
  • Arthropods, chordates and annelids are the three segmented phyla in the animal kingdom.
  • The zooplankton include chordate jellyfishes known as ‘salps,’ which are among the fastest-growing multicellular organisms on the planet.

adjective

Relating to or denoting chordates.
Example sentences
  • Surely a more penetrating expedition into invertebrate diversity was required to dig up the precursors of the chordate characteristics.
  • Scenarios of pituitary evolution traditionally focused on the base of the chordates consistent with the exclusively chordate nature of the pituitary structure.
  • They are small fish-like organisms in which the chordate characters are retained in the adult.

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Syllabification: chor·date

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