bichir

bichir

[bich-er]
noun
any of several primitive freshwater African fishes of the genus Polypterus having functional lungs as well as gills.

Origin:
probably earlier than 1965–70; < French < dialectal Arabic abu shīr

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bichir

any of about 10 species of tropical African fishes of the genus Polypterus. Bichirs and the eellike reedfish, Calamoichthys (sometimes called Erpetoichthys calabaricus), are of the family Polypteridae, order Polypteriformes. Like the sturgeons and paddlefishes, they are thought to be members of the superorder Chondrostei, although some authorities question this.

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