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Definitions for invertebrate
ɪnˈvɜr tə brɪt, -ˌbreɪtin·ver·te·brate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. invertebrateadjective

    any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification

  2. invertebrate, spinelessadjective

    lacking a backbone or spinal column

    "worms are an example of invertebrate animals"

Wiktionary

  1. invertebratenoun

    An animal without vertebrae, i.e. backbone.

  2. invertebrateadjective

    Lacking a backbone.

Wikipedia

  1. Invertebrate

    Invertebrates are a paraphyletic group of animals that neither possess nor develop a vertebral column (commonly known as a backbone or spine), derived from the notochord. This is a grouping including all animals apart from the chordate subphylum Vertebrata. Familiar examples of invertebrates include arthropods, mollusks, annelids, echinoderms and cnidarians. The majority of animal species are invertebrates; one estimate puts the figure at 97%. Many invertebrate taxa have a greater number and variety of species than the entire subphylum of Vertebrata. Invertebrates vary widely in size, from 50 μm (0.002 in) rotifers to the 9–10 m (30–33 ft) colossal squid.Some so-called invertebrates, such as the Tunicata and Cephalochordata, are more closely related to vertebrates than to other invertebrates. This makes the invertebrates paraphyletic, so the term has little meaning in taxonomy.

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  1. invertebrate

    An invertebrate is an animal that lacks a vertebral column, also known as a backbone or spine. This category comprises around 95% of all animal species and includes various diverse groups such as insects, spiders, mollusks, and worms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Invertebrateadjective

    destitute of a backbone; having no vertebrae; of or pertaining to the Invertebrata

  2. Invertebratenoun

    one of the Invertebrata

Wikidata

  1. Invertebrate

    Invertebrates are animal species that do not develop a vertebral column. This in effect includes all animals apart from the subphylum Vertebrata. Familiar examples of invertebrates include insects, worms, clams, crabs, octopus, snails, and starfish. Taxonomically speaking, "invertebrate" is no more than a term of convenience. The vast majority of animal species are invertebrates, since only about 3% of animal species include a vertebral column in their anatomy. In other words all animals except those in the chordate subphylum Vertebrata are regarded as invertebrates. Furthermore, many individual invertebrate taxons have a greater number and variety of species than the entire subphylum of Vertebrata. In fact some of the so-called invertebrata, such as the Chaetognatha and Hemichordata, are more closely related to the Chordata than to other invertebrate phyla. The division of the entire Kingdom Animalia into vertebrates and invertebrates certainly is convenient in some practical contexts, but to put it into taxonomic perspective, it is roughly on the same scale as dividing the animal kingdom into, for example, gastropods and non-gastropods; worthwhile only in certain constrained contexts.

Editors Contribution

  1. invertebrate

    A type of animal.

    Invertebrate include all animals apart from the subphylum Vertebrata. Familiar examples of invertebrates include insects; crabs, lobsters and their kin; snails, clams, octopuses and their kin; starfish, sea-urchins and their kin; jellyfish, and worms.


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of invertebrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of invertebrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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