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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the homologous segments, lying in a longitudinal series, that compose the body of certain animals, such as earthworms and lobsters. Also called somite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of successive or homodynamous parts in animals and plants; one of a series of similar parts that follow one another in a vertebrate or articulate animal, as in an earthworm; a segment or somite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of successive or homodynamous parts in animals and plants; one of a series of similar parts that follow one another in a vertebrate or articulate animal, as in an earthworm; a segment; a somite. See Illust. of loeven's larva.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In zoology, one of a longitudinal series of parts which are serially homologous with one another. See metameric, metamerism.

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

  • n. one of a series of similar body segments into which some animals are divided longitudinally

Etymologies

meta- + -mere (Wiktionary)

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