Definition of Chordata in English:

Chordata

Line breaks: Chord|ata
Pronunciation: /kɔːˈdeɪtə
 
/

noun

Zoology
A large phylum of animals that includes the vertebrates together with the sea squirts and lancelets. They are distinguished by the possession of a notochord at some stage during their development.
More example sentences
  • The superphylum Deuterostomia contains the diverse phyla Chordata and Echinodermata and the minor phyla Hemichordata and Urochordata.
  • The Chordata is the animal phylum with which everyone is most intimately familiar, since it includes humans and other vertebrates.
  • Technically an invertebrate, amphioxus is classified in subphylum Protochordata, phylum Chordata.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Latin chorda (see chord2), on the pattern of words such as Vertebrata.

Definition of Chordata in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day apposite
Pronunciation: ˈapəzit
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something