Meaning of “vertebrate” in the English Dictionary

"vertebrate" in British English

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vertebrateadjective

uk /ˈvɜː.tɪ.brət/ us /ˈvɝː.t̬ə.brət/ specialized

having a spine (= back bone)

vertebratenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈvɜː.tɪ.brət/ us /ˈvɝː.t̬ə.brət/ specialized

an animal that has a spine:

Birds, fish, and reptiles are all vertebrates.
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(Definition of “vertebrate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vertebrate" in American English

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vertebratenoun [ C ]

/ˈvɜr·tə·brət/

biology an animal that has a spine (= bone down the center of the back)

vertebrate
adjective [ not gradable ] /ˈvɜrt·ə·brət/

(Definition of “vertebrate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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