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



BrE BrE//ˈvɜːtɪbrət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɜːrtɪbrət//
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any animal with a backbone, including all mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians compare invertebrate Word Origin early 19th cent.: from Latin vertebratus ‘jointed’, from vertebra, from vertere ‘to turn’.

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