Part of speech: noun

An animal with a backbone.

Part of speech:

Having a backbone.

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Usage examples "vertebrate":

  1. There are spiders which feed on vertebrate animals, and there are spiders whose webs catch birds. - "The Romance of Natural History, Second Series", Philip Henry Gosse.
  2. Some remote progenitor of the whole vertebrate kingdom appears to have been hermaphrodite, or androgynous. - "Feminism and Sex-Extinction", Arabella Kenealy.
  3. In reality the change implies a profound modification of the frame and life of the vertebrate. - "The Story of Evolution", Joseph McCabe.