annelidan

annelid

[an-l-id]
noun
1.
any segmented worm of the phylum Annelida, including the earthworms, leeches, and various marine forms.
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the Annelida.
Also, annelidan [uh-nel-i-dn] .


Origin:
1825–35; see Annelida

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annelid (ˈænəlɪd)
 
n
1.  any worms of the phylum Annelida, in which the body is divided into segments both externally and internally. The group includes the earthworms, lugworm, ragworm, and leeches
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Annelida
 
[C19: from New Latin Annelida, from French annelés, literally: the ringed ones, from Old French annel ring, from Latin ānellus, from ānulus ring]
 
annelidan
 
n, —adj

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annelid
"segmented worm," 1834, from Fr. annélide, source of the phylum name Annelida, coined in Mod.L. 1801 by Fr. naturalist J.B.P. Lamarck (1744-1829), from annelés "ringed ones" (from L. anulus "little ring," a dim. of anus) + Gk. eidos "form, shape" (see -oid).
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annelid   (ān'ə-lĭd)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various worms or wormlike animals of the phylum Annelida, characterized by an elongated, cylindrical body divided into ringlike segments. Most annelids have movable bristles called setae, and include earthworms, leeches, and polychetes (marine worms).
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