noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek polychaitēs having much hair, from poly- + chaitē long hair Date: 1896 any of a class (Polychaeta) of chiefly marine annelid worms (as clam worms) usually with paired segmental appendages, separate sexes, and a free-swimming trochophore larva • polychaete adjective

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  • polychaete — [päl′i kēt΄] n. [< ModL Polychaeta < Gr polychaitēs, with much hair < poly , POLY + chaitē, hair] any of a class (Polychaeta) of mostly marine, annelid worms, having on most segments a pair of fleshy, leglike appendages bearing numerous… …   English World dictionary

  • Polychaete — Taxobox fossil range = Cambrian (or earlier?) present name = Polychaetes image width = 250px image caption = A variety of marine worms : plate from Das Meer by M. J. Schleiden (1804–1881). regnum = Animalia phylum = Annelida classis = Polychaeta… …   Wikipedia

  • polychaete — /pol i keet /, n. 1. any annelid of the class Polychaeta, having unsegmented swimming appendages with many setae or bristles. adj. 2. Also, polychaetous. belonging or pertaining to the Polychaeta. [1885 90; < NL Polychaeta < Gk polychaítes having …   Universalium

  • Polychaete — Polychaeta Polychaeta (Polychètes) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • polychaete — [ pɒlɪki:t] noun Zoology a marine worm of the order Polychaeta; a bristle worm. Origin from mod. L. Polychaeta, from Gk polu many + khaitē mane …   English new terms dictionary

  • polychaete — poly·chaete …   English syllables

  • polychaete — pol•y•chaete [[t]ˈpɒl ɪˌkit[/t]] n. 1) ivt any of various marine annelid worms of the class Polychaeta, having regularly paired body bristles and often other appendages 2) ivt Also, pol y•chae′tous. belonging or pertaining to the Polychaeta •… …   From formal English to slang

  • polychaete — /ˈpɒlikit/ (say poleekeet) noun 1. any of the Polychaeta, a group or division of annelids having unsegmented swimming appendages (parapodia) with many chaetae or bristles, and including most of the common marine worms. –adjective Also,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • polychaete —   a.,n. (pertaining to) marine worm.    ♦ polychaetous, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • polychaete — n. any aquatic annelid worm of the class Polychaeta, including lugworms and ragworms, having numerous bristles on the fleshy lobes of each body segment. Derivatives: polychaetan adj. polychaetous adj. * * * /pol i keet /, n. 1. any annelid of the …   Useful english dictionary

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