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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kawr-deyt]
    • /ˈkɔr deɪt/
    • /kˈɔːdeɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kawr-deyt]
    • /ˈkɔr deɪt/

Definitions of chordate word

  • noun chordate any animal of the phylum Chordata, including the vertebrates and protochordates, characterized by a notochord, dorsal tubular nerve cord, and pharyngeal gill slits 3
  • adjective chordate of, relating to, or belonging to the Chordata 3
  • noun chordate any of a phylum (Chordata) of animals having at some stage of development a notochord, gill slits, and a dorsal tubular nerve cord: the phylum includes the vertebrates, tunicates, and lancelets 3
  • adjective chordate belonging or pertaining to the phylum Chordata, comprising the true vertebrates and those animals having a notochord, as the lancelets and tunicates. 1
  • noun chordate a chordate animal. 1
  • noun chordate An animal of the large phylum Chordata, comprising the vertebrates together with the sea squirts and lancelets. 1

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Origin of chordate

First appearance:

before 1885
One of the 21% newest English words
First recorded in 1885-90; See origin at Chordata

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chordate popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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