Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • A phylum or prime division of the animal kingdom, containing all those animals which have a backbone or its equivalent; the vertebrates, formerly contrasted with all other animals (Invertebrata), now ranked as one of seven or eight phyla which are severally contrasted with one another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) One of the grand divisions of the animal kingdom, comprising all animals that have a backbone composed of bony or cartilaginous vertebræ, together with Amphioxus in which the backbone is represented by a simple undivided notochord. The Vertebrata always have a dorsal, or neural, cavity above the notochord or backbone, and a ventral, or visceral, cavity below it. The subdivisions or classes of Vertebrata are Mammalia, Aves, Reptilia, Amphibia, Pisces, Marsipobranchia, and Leptocardia.

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

  • noun fishes; amphibians; reptiles; birds; mammals

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Examples

  • Fish and fishermen are contained in vertebrata, while jawed fish and fishermen are contained in gnathostomata.

    A New Book

  • These characteristics place man inevitably among the so-called vertebrata; he is certainly not an invertebrate, nor is the basic structure of his body such that a third group, outside the invertebrata and vertebrata, can be made to include only the single type -- man.

    The Doctrine of Evolution Its Basis and Its Scope

  • Most of our readers know that it belongs to that one of two primary animal divisions which is called the vertebrata, and that the distinctive feature which place it in this division is the possession of a spinal column or backbone, really a series of small ring-like bones, the vertebrae (Figure 1 v.b.) strung together, as it were, on the main nerve axis, the spinal cord (Figure 1 s.c.).

    Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata

  • The containing group would be vertebrata or gnathostomata, or more recently, sarcopterygii.

    About 'What Darwin Got Wrong'

  • The containing group would be vertebrata or gnathostomata, or more recently, sarcopterygii.

    About 'What Darwin Got Wrong'

  • The containing group of jawed vertebrates and jawless fishes is vertebrata.

    A New Book

  • The containing group of jawed vertebrates and jawless fishes is vertebrata.

    A New Book

  • The teleology which supposes that the eye, such as we see it in man, or one of the higher vertebrata, was made with the precise structure it exhibits, for the purpose of enabling the animal which possesses it to see, has undoubtedly received its death-blow.

    Juxtaposed Passages on Conditions of Existence

  • The teleology which supposes that the eye, such as we see it in man, or one of the higher vertebrata, was made with the precise structure it exhibits, for the purpose of enabling the animal which possesses it to see, has undoubtedly received its death-blow.

    Archive 2005-06-01

  • Take, for example, the vertebrata; in these, by some mysterious bond of union, the organic globules are seen to arrange themselves into two nearly parallel rows.

    An Expository Outline of the "Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation" With a Notice of the Author's "Explanations:" A Sequel to the Vestiges

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