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chaetognath

[kee-tog-nath, -tuh g-] /ˈki tɒgˌnæθ, -təg-/
noun
1.
any animal of the phylum Chaetognatha, comprising the arrowworms.
adjective
2.
Also, chaetognathan
[kee-tog-nuh-thuh n] /kiˈtɒg nə θən/ (Show IPA),
chaetognathous. belonging or pertaining to the Chaetognatha.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Neo-Latin Chaetognatha, neuter plural of chaetognathus; see chaeto-, -gnathous
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British Dictionary definitions for chaetognathous

chaetognath

/ˈkiːtɒɡˌnæθ/
noun
1.
any small wormlike marine invertebrate of the phylum Chaetognatha, including the arrowworms, having a coelom and a ring of bristles around the mouth
Word Origin
C19: New Latin Chaetognatha, literally: hair-jaw, from chaeta + Greek gnathos jaw
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chaetognathous in Science
chaetognath
  (kē'tŏg-nāth')   
Any of various small, wormlike marine invertebrates of the phylum Chaetognatha, having often transparent or translucent bodies that are pointed at one end. The head has small hooks for grasping prey, and it contains a large cerebral ganglion of sensory nerves. Chaetognaths are popularly called arrowworms, and are thought to be related to the echinoderms and chordates.
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