from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Any of an order (Nemertina) of soft unsegmented marine worms having an eversible threadlike proboscis and the ability to stretch and contract.
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- noun soft unsegmented marine worms that have a threadlike proboscis and the ability to stretch and contract
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As examples, there is an endemic nemertine worm (Geonenertes rodericana) in the damp woods of Rodrigues, and a swallowtail butterfly (Pailio manlius) is endemic to the Black River Gorge on Mauritius.
Mascarene forests 2008
Presence of spine-like protective structures and stalked eyes and absence of a proboscis do not support a nemertine affinity for this animal.