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
Origin of chordateClassical Latin chorda (see cord) + -ate
Any of numerous animals of the phylum Chordata, having at some stage of development a dorsal nerve cord, a notochord, and gill slits and including all vertebrates, the hagfishes, and certain marine animals such as the lancelets and the tunicates.
Origin of chordateFrom New Latin Chordata, phylum name, from Latin chorda, cord; see cord.
- Of such animals.