Definition of Lancelet

1. Noun. Small translucent lancet-shaped burrowing marine animal; primitive forerunner of the vertebrates.

Exact synonyms: Amphioxus
Generic synonyms: Cephalochordate
Group relationships: Genus Amphioxus



Definition of Lancelet

1. n. A small fishlike animal (Amphioxus lanceolatus), remarkable for the rudimentary condition of its organs. It is the type of the class Leptocardia. See Amphioxus, Leptocardia.

Definition of Lancelet

1. Noun. any of a group of primitive marine animals, of subphylum ''Cephalochordata'', having a notochord instead of a backbone ¹

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Definition of Lancelet

1. a small marine organism [n -S]

Medical Definition of Lancelet

1. A small fishlike animal (Amphioxus lanceolatus), remarkable for the rudimentary condition of its organs. It is the type of the class Leptocardia. See Amphioxus, Leptocardia. Origin: Lance + -let. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lancelet

lanatosides
lance-corporal
lance-jack
lance-jacks
lance corporal
lance corporals
lance fish
lanced
lancefish
lancefishes
lancegay
lancegays
lancehead
lanceless
lancelet (current term)
lancelets
lancelike
lancely
lanceolar
lanceolate
lanceolate leaf
lanceolate spleenwort
lanceolated
lancepesade
lancepesades
lancer
lancers
lances
lancet

Literary usage of Lancelet

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1. Chapters on Evolution by Andrew Wilson (1883)
"DEVELOPMENT OF lancelet. The first changes to be witnessed in the ... Segmentation of the egg of the lancelet is on an exact parallel with that of the egg ..."

2. Fishes by David Starr Jordan (1907)
"The lancelet is a vertebrate reduced to its very lowest terms. The essential organs of vertebrate Ufe are there, but each one in its simplest form ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"... the race odor by the eleventh and the nest odor by the twelfth. In the lancelet, there is not much evidenci for the separate existence of a ..."

4. The Doctrine of Descent and Darwinism by Schmidt (Eduard Oskar), Schmidt, Eduard Oscar Schmidt (1875)
"With this the lancelet becomes a vertebrate animal, and the preceding phases do not (according to the view at one time inculcated by CE v. ..."

5. The History of Creation: Or, The Development of the Earth and Its by Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel (1883)
"Main Class of the Tube-hearted, or Skull-less Animals (the lancelet)—Blood Relationship between the Skull-less Fish and the Tunicates. ..."

6. Winners in Life's Race, Or, The Great Backboned Family by Arabella Burton Buckley (1882)
"cant animal is called the " lancelet,"* because it is shaped something like the ... The lancelet, the lowest known fish-like form. m, mouth, e, eye-spot, f, ..."

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