any of a phylum (Annelida) of roundish, wormlike animals having long, segmented bodies, a brain and ventral nerve cord, and a closed circulatory system, including polychaetes, oligochaetes, and leeches
Origin of annelid; from Modern Latin Annelida (pl.) ; from French annélides ; from (animaux) annelés, ringed (animals) ; from past participle of anneler, to encircle ; from Old French anel, a ring ; from Classical Latin annellus, diminutive of anulus, a ring: see annular
of this phylum
Any of various worms or wormlike animals of the phylum Annelida, characterized by an elongated, cylindrical, segmented body and including the earthworms and the leeches.
Origin of annelidFrom New Latin Annelida, phylum name, from French annelés, pl. past participle of anneler, to ring, from Old French anel, ring, from Latin ānellus, diminutive of ānus, ring.
- of, or relating to these creatures