vertebrate NOUN an animal having a backbone, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes.
ADJECTIVE relating to such animals.

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  • Vertebrate — Ver te*brate, Vertebrated Ver te*bra ted, a. [L. vertebratus.] 1. (Anat.) Having a backbone, or vertebral column, containing the spinal marrow, as man, quadrupeds, birds, amphibia, and fishes. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Contracted at intervals, so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vertebrate — Ver te*brate, n. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Vertebrata. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vertebrate — (n.) 1826, from L. vertebratus (Pliny), from vertebra joint or articulation of the body, joint of the spine (see VERTEBRA (Cf. vertebra)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • vertebrate — [vʉr′tə brit, vʉr′təbrāt΄] adj. [L vertebratus < vertebra: see VERTEBRA] 1. having a backbone, or spinal column 2. of or belonging to the vertebrates n. any of a large subphylum (Vertebrata) of chordate animals, including all mammals, fishes,… …   English World dictionary

  • vertebrate — /verr teuh brit, brayt /, adj. 1. having vertebrae; having a backbone or spinal column. 2. belonging or pertaining to the Vertebrata (or Craniata), a subphylum of chordate animals, comprising those having a brain enclosed in a skull or cranium… …   Universalium

  • Vertebrate — Taxobox name = Vertebrates fossil range = Early Cambrian Recent image width = 250px image caption = Blotched Blue tongued Lizard, Tiliqua nigrolutea regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata subphylum = Vertebrata subphylum authority = Cuvier, 1812… …   Wikipedia

  • vertebrate — UK [ˈvɜː(r)tɪbrət] / US [ˈvɜrtəbrət] noun [countable] Word forms vertebrate : singular vertebrate plural vertebrates biology an animal with a backbone, for example a mammal, a bird, or a fish Derived word: vertebrate UK / US adjective …   English dictionary

  • vertebrate — [[t]vɜ͟ː(r)tɪbrɪt[/t]] vertebrates N COUNT: oft N n A vertebrate is a creature which has a spine. Mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish are vertebrates. Both groups share two attributes normally associated with vertebrates. ...the ears of vertebrate …   English dictionary

  • vertebrate — 1. Having a vertebral column. 2. An animal having vertebrae. * * * ver·te·brate vərt ə brət, .brāt adj 1) having a spinal column 2) of or relating to the subphylum Vertebrata vertebrate n an animal of the subphylum Vertebrata * * * ver·te·brate… …   Medical dictionary

  • vertebrate — noun (C) a living creature that has a backbone (1) compare invertebrate vertebrate adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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