vertebrate
1. [ noun ] (zoology) animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
Synonyms: craniate
Related terms: chordate bird mammal reptile amphibian amniote Amniota fetus gnathostome aquatic_vertebrate tetrapod Vertebrata thorax tail rib belly vertebrate_foot digit caudal_appendage blood rib endoskeleton ovary
2. [ adjective ] (zoology) having a backbone or spinal column
Examples:

"fishes and amphibians and reptiles and birds and mammals are vertebrate animals

Related terms: invertebrate zoology
Similar spelling:   vertebra
  Vertebrata
  vertebral