What does the word vertebrate mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Philip Henry Gosse
  2. Some remote progenitor of the whole vertebrate kingdom appears to have been hermaphrodite, or androgynous. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  3. In reality the change implies a profound modification of the frame and life of the vertebrate. – The Story of Evolution by Joseph McCabe