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English definition of “vertebrate”

vertebrate

noun [C]     /ˈvɜː.tɪ.brət/ US  /ˈvɝː.t̬ə-/ specialized
an animal that has a spine: Birds, fish, and reptiles are all vertebrates. → Compare invertebratePlants and animals - general words
(Definition of vertebrate noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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