Meaning of cephalochordate

ceph•a•lo•chor•date

Pronunciation: (sef"u-lō-kôr'dāt), [key]
— adj.
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Cephalochordata.
—n.
  1. any chordate animal of the subphylum Cephalochordata, having fishlike characters but lacking a spinal column, comprising the lancelets.
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