Etymology
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chordate (adj.)

1885, "pertaining to or characteristic of the Chordata," from Chordata. Also from 1885 as a noun, "a chordate animal."

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Definitions of chordate
1
chordate (n.)
any animal of the phylum Chordata having a notochord or spinal column;
2
chordate (adj.)
of or relating to or characteristic of the Chordata;
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