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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic phylum within the superphylum Protostomia — the annelid worms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A division of the Articulata, having the body formed of numerous rings or annular segments, and without jointed legs. The principal subdivisions are the Chætopoda, including the Oligochæta or earthworms and Polychæta or marine worms; and the Hirudinea or leeches. See chætopoda.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The annelids or Annelides, a class of invertebrate animals, of the phylum Vermes, sometimes called the class of red-blooded worms.
  • In Huxley's system (1877), a superordinal division including the Polychœta, Oligochœta, Hirudinea, and Gephyrea, with the Myzostomata doubtfully added thereto: a group the members of which resemble one another generally in the segmentation of the body indicated at least by the serially multiganglionate nervous centers (wanting in most Gephyrea), in the presence of cilia and segmental organs, and in the nature of the larvæ, which are set free when the embryos hatch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. segmented worms: earthworms; lugworms; leeches

Etymologies

Latin anellus, little ring (Wiktionary)

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