Definition of polychaete in English:


(also polychete)


  • A marine annelid worm of the class "Polychaeta"; a bristle worm.

    • ‘The focal stage for this analysis is the early period of embryo encapsulation, a mode of development that has evolved several times among gastropods, polychaetes, nemerteans and flatworms.’
    • ‘Such a scenario would be consistent with the fact that Recent crinoids serve as substrate for a large variety of organisms, including annelids, arthropods, gastropods, fish, ophiuroids, and polychaetes.’
    • ‘There are more than 50 fish species whose lives are linked to Sargassum, and a myriad of invertebrates, including gastropods, polychaetes, bryozoans, anemones, and sea-spiders.’
    • ‘Sponges are preyed upon by gastropods, polychaetes, asteroids, echinoids, turtles, and fishes.’
    • ‘Subsequently work on a brittle star showed expression of the gene in the tube feet, and many found it difficult to equate the tube feet of echinoderms with the parapodia of polychaetes or the arthropod limb.’


  • Relating to or denoting polychaetes.

    • ‘Little is known about their diet at sea, but it includes fish, crustaceans, and polychaete worms.’
    • ‘Similar, and even greater evolutionary conservatism has been noted among other polychaete families.’
    • ‘Although wormlike, cornulitids may not have been polychaete worms.’
    • ‘The annelids include earthworms, polychaete worms, and leeches.’
    • ‘Generally benthic feeders, many butterflyfishes eat small invertebrates, sponges or polychaete worms.’