invertebrate

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An example of an invertebrate- a sea cucumber.

EtymologyEdit

in- +‎ vertebrate

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  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈvəːtɪbrət/
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NounEdit

invertebrate (plural invertebrates)

  1. An animal without vertebrae, i.e. backbone.
  2. (informal) A spineless person; a coward.

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AdjectiveEdit

invertebrate (not comparable)

  1. Lacking a backbone; without vertebrae.
    • 1860, Recreative Science (page 110)
      Tear it up, and put a fragment under the microscope, and, wonder of wonders! see the maze of geometric forms exhibited in the bones of the creature; for who can help regarding the spicules as bones, even though a sponge be invertebrate?
  2. Cowardly, uncourageous; lacking character.
    Synonym: spineless
    • 2022 November 21, Barney Ronay, “Iran’s brave and powerful gesture is a small wonder from a World Cup of woe”, in The Guardian[1]:
      This week Fifa’s morally invertebrate president, Gianni Infantino, gave a speech that attempted to paint his World Cup as a marker of a grand struggle between the bright new world and corrupt old Europe, with Infantino himself the Mandela at its centre.

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ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

invertebrate

  1. feminine plural of invertebrato