DipnoiDip"no*i\, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? ? with two breathing apertures; di- = di`s- twice + ? breath.] (Zo["o]l.) A group of ganoid fishes, including the living genera Ceratodus and Lepidosiren, which present the closest approximation to the Amphibia. The air bladder acts as a lung, and the nostrils open inside the mouth. See Ceratodus, and Illustration in Appendix.
|bony fishes of the southern hemisphere that breathe by a modified air bladder as well as gills; sometimes classified as an order of Crossopterygii|