any of a class (Polychaeta) of mostly marine, annelid worms, having on most segments a pair of fleshy, leglike appendages bearing numerous bristles
Origin of polychaete; from Modern Latin Polychaeta ; from Classical Greek polychait?s, with much hair ; from poly-, poly- + chait?, hair
Any of various annelid worms of the class Polychaeta, including mostly marine worms such as the lugworm, and characterized by fleshy paired appendages tipped with bristles on each body segment.
Origin of polychaeteNew Latin Polychaeta, class name, from Greek polukhait&emacron;s, with much hair : polu-, poly- + khait&emacron;, long hair.
- pol′y·chaete′, pol′y·chae′tous
- Alternative spelling of polychete.