Definition of invertebrate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɜːtɪbrət//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɜːrtɪbrət//
(specialist) Invertebrates
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any animal with no backbone, for example a worm compare vertebrate See related entries: Invertebrates Word Originearly 19th cent. (as a noun): from modern Latin invertebrata (plural) ‘the invertebrates’ (former taxonomic group), from French invertébrés, from in- ‘without’ + Latin vertebra (from vertere ‘to turn’).

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