Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various annelid worms of the class Polychaeta, including mostly marine worms such as the lugworm, and characterized by fleshy paired appendages tipped with bristles on each body segment.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of polychete.

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  • noun chiefly marine annelids possessing both sexes and having paired appendages (parapodia) bearing bristles

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Polychaeta, class name, from Greek polukhaitēs, with much hair : polu-, poly- + khaitē, long hair.]

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