Etymology
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vertebrate (n.)

"a vertebrate animal," 1826, from Latin vertebratus (Pliny), from vertebra "joint or articulation of the body, joint of the spine" (see vertebra). As an adjective also from 1826.

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Definitions of vertebrate
1
vertebrate (n.)
animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium;
Synonyms: craniate
2
vertebrate (adj.)
having a backbone or spinal column;
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