The definition of a vertebrate is an animal that has a backbone or spinal column.(noun)
A bird that has a backbone is an example of a vertebrate.
The definition of vertebrate is something related to the bones in your back or spine.(adjective)
When you damage the bones in the back, this is an example of a time when you experience vertebrate injuries.
See vertebrate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L vertebratus < vertebra: see vertebra
See vertebrate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin vertebrātus, having joints
Origin: , from vertebra, vertebra; see vertebra.
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