Oligochaete meaning

ŏlĭ-gō-kēt, ōlĭ-
Any of various annelid worms of the class (or subclass) Oligochaeta, including the earthworms and aquatic species found chiefly in freshwater, which lack the appendages typical of polychaetes.
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Any of a class (Oligochaeta) of annelid worms, as the earthworm, lacking a definite head and having relatively few body bristles: found chiefly in moist soil and fresh water.
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Any of various annelid worms of the class (or subclass) Oligochaeta, including the earthworms and aquatic species found chiefly in freshwater, which lack the appendages typical of polychaetes.
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Any of various annelid worms of the class Oligochaeta. Oligochaetes, unlike polychaetes, have relatively few bristles (called setae) along the body, and often have a thickened, ringlike region (called a clitellum) that secretes a substance used for enclosing eggs in a cocoon. Oligochaetes include the earthworms and a few small freshwater forms.
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Any of various hermaphroditic aquatic and terrestrial annelid worms, of the class Oligochaeta, that have single bristles along the body.
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Origin of oligochaete

  • From New Latin Oligochaeta class name oligo– chaeta

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition