Definition of jawless in English:

jawless

adjective

  • See jaw

    • ‘Some 450 million years ago, both jawed and jawless vertebrates began relying on cells called lymphocytes to support the burgeoning adaptive immune system.’
    • ‘In traditional classifications, the hagfish, lampreys, and extinct armored jawless fish are grouped together in the paraphyletic Class Agnatha.’
    • ‘At a quick glance, jawless fish such as the lamprey above don't appear to have much in common with jawed fish or any other back-boned creature.’
    • ‘The hagfish, together with lampreys, are living representatives of the jawless vertebrates (class Agnatha) and are considered to be the most evolutionarily ancient vertebrates.’
    • ‘Most jawless species went extinct long ago and are known only from the fossil record.’