oligochaete oligochaete n. Any of an order of hermaphroditic terrestrial and aquatic annelids (including the earthworms) having bristles borne singly along the length of the body; a member of the {Oligochaeta}.

Syn: oligochaete worm. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • oligochaete — [äl′i gōkēt΄] n. [ModL Oligochaeta: see OLIGO & CHAETA] any of a class (Oligochaeta) of annelid worms, as the earthworm, lacking a definite head and having relatively few body bristles: found chiefly in moist soil and fresh water oligochaetous… …   English World dictionary

  • oligochaete — noun hermaphroditic terrestrial and aquatic annelids having bristles borne singly along the length of the body • Syn: ↑oligochaete worm • Hypernyms: ↑annelid, ↑annelid worm, ↑segmented worm • Hyponyms: ↑earthworm …   Useful english dictionary

  • oligochaete — noun Etymology: New Latin Oligochaeta, ultimately from Greek olig + chaitē long hair Date: 1896 any of a class or order (Oligochaeta) of hermaphroditic terrestrial or aquatic annelids (as an earthworm) that lack a specialized head • oligochaete… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oligochaete — oligochaetous, adj. /ol i goh keet /, n. any of various annelids of the family Oligochaeta, including earthworms and certain small, freshwater species, having locomotory setae sunk directly in the body wall. [1875 80; < NL Oligochaeta; see OLIGO …   Universalium

  • oligochaete — noun any of various hermaphroditic aquatic and terrestrial annelid worms, of the class Oligochaeta, that have single bristles along the body …   Wiktionary

  • oligochaete —   Gk oligos, few; chaete, bristle. Bristles subtending spikelets few …   Etymological dictionary of grasses

  • oligochaete — [ ɒlɪgəki:t] noun Zoology an annelid worm of the class Oligochaeta, which includes the earthworms. Origin from mod. L. Oligochaeta, from oligo + Gk khaitē long hair (taken to mean bristle ), because they have fewer setae than polychaetes …   English new terms dictionary

  • oligochaete — ol·i·go·chaete …   English syllables

  • oligochaete — ol•i•go•chaete [[t]ˈɒl ɪ goʊˌkit[/t]] n. ivt any of various annelids of the class Oligochaeta, including the earthworms, having no external sensory organs or appendages and relatively few locomotory bristles • Etymology: 1875–80; < NL… …   From formal English to slang

  • oligochaete — /ˈɒləgoʊkit/ (say oluhgohkeet) noun any of a group of annelids lacking parapodia and having locomotory setae sunk directly in the body wall. It includes earthworms and many small freshwater annelids. {New Latin oligo + Greek chaitē hair}… …   Australian English dictionary

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