oligochaetous
oligochaetous ol`i*go*chae"tous n. Of or pertaining to the {Oligoch[ae]ta}. [archaic]

Syn: Oligochete. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • oligochaetous — See oligochaete. * * * …   Universalium

  • 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

  • oligochete — ol i*go*chete, a. (Zo[ o]l.) Of or pertaining to the {Oligoch[ae]ta}. [archaic] Syn: oligochaetous. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • earthworm — [ʉrth′wʉrm΄] n. any of a number of oligochaetous worms that burrow in the soil, esp. any of a genus (Lumbricus) very important in aerating and fertilizing the soil …   English World dictionary

  • 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

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