Definition of Chaetognatha in English:

Chaetognatha

plural noun

Zoology
  • A small phylum of marine invertebrates that comprises the arrow worms.

    • ‘Nielsen and Nielsen et al. come to generally comparable results, although sometimes the additional taxa Rotifera, Acanthocephala and Chaetognatha were included in Aschelminthes.’
    • ‘Instead, Rouse's conclusion that ‘groups such as the Arthropoda, Brachiopoda, Chaetognatha, Ectoprocta, Gastrotricha, Phoronida may have lost a prototroch’ is totally gratuitous, and remains unaddressed by his own data.’
    • ‘Also unresolved are the phylogenetic positions of Cycloneuralia, Chaetognatha, Gnathostomulida, Cycliophora, and Micrognathozoa.’
    • ‘Also absent are the Chaetognatha (arrow-worms), which have been considered the basalmost branch of the Deuterostomia in the past, but are currently regarded by many as basal protostomes.’
    • ‘Pelagic species were from the Chaetognatha, Cnidaria, Crustacea, Ctenophora, and Mollusca, and benthic species were from the Chordata, Crustacea, Mollusca, and Echinodermata.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek khaitē long hair + gnathos jaw.

Pronunciation

Chaetognatha

/ˌkiːtəɡˈnaθə//ˌkiːtəɡˈneɪθə/