nemertean
noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek Nēmertēs Nemertes, one of the Nereids Date: 1861 any of a phylum (Nemertea syn. Rhynchocoela) of often vividly colored usually long dorsoventrally flattened marine worms that typically burrow in the mud or sand along seacoasts — called also ribbon wormnemertine adjective or noun

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  • Nemertean — Ne*mer te*an, a. (Zo[ o]l.) Of or pertaining to the {Nemertina}. n. One of the {Nemertina}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nemertean — [nem′ər tin, nem′ərtīn΄nē mʉr′tē ən, nəmʉr′tē ən] n. [< ModL Nemertea < Gr Nēmertēs, name of a sea nymph < nēmertēs, unerring] any of a phylum (Nemertea) of usually very elongate, unsegmented marine worms with no body cavity and with a… …   English World dictionary

  • nemertean — nemertine /ni merr teen/, adj. /ni merr tee euhn/, n. any member of the invertebrate phylum Nemertea, comprising the ribbon worms. Also called ribbon worm. [1860 65; < NL Nemerte(a), deriv. of Nemertes a genus ( < Gk Nemertés name of a Nereid;… …   Universalium

  • nemertean — noun Any of several unsegmented, brightly coloured worms, of the phylum Nemertea; the ribbon worms …   Wiktionary

  • nemertean — [nɛmə ti:ən, nɪ mə:tɪən] (also nemertine) Zoology noun a member of the small phylum Nemertea, which comprises the ribbon worms. adjective relating to nemerteans. Origin from mod. L. Nemertea, from Gk Nēmertēs, the name of a sea nymph …   English new terms dictionary

  • nemertean — ne·mer·te·an …   English syllables

  • nemertean — ne•mer•te•an [[t]nɪˈmɜr ti ən[/t]] also ne•mer•tine [[t] tin[/t]] n. ivt any elongated, unsegmented, burrowing marine worm of the phylum Nemertinea (Nemertea) Also called ribbon worm Etymology: 1860–65; « Gk Nēmertḗs name of a Nereid …   From formal English to slang

  • nemertean — /nəˈmɜtiən/ (say nuh merteeuhn) adjective 1. of or relating to the Nemertinea, a group of unsegmented, chiefly marine worms, considered either a class of Platyhelminthes or an independent phylum, having soft, flattened, often brightly coloured… …   Australian English dictionary

  • nemertean — n. & adj. (also nemertine) n. any marine ribbon worm of the phylum Nemertea, often very long and brightly coloured, found in tangled knots in coastal waters of Europe and the Mediterranean. adj. of or relating to this class. Etymology: mod.L… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Nemertea — For the Romanian village that bears this name, see Gura Teghii. Nemertea …   Wikipedia

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