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bony fish

noun
1.
any fish of the class Osteichthyes, characterized by gill covers, an air bladder, and a skeleton composed of bone in addition to cartilage.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15, Americanism
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Examples from the web for bony fish
  • Unlike bony fish, the cartilage of shark skeleton requires especially fortuitous conditions for fossilization to occur.
  • The object of his emotion was a coelacanth, the earliest type of bony fish.
  • Databases for other bony fish also contain the genes, but they are not found in tetrapods.
  • Two of the new fossils suggest a direct link to bony fish: tooth-bearing jawbones.
  • Although a bony fish, it lacks a swim bladder and thus has to wriggle to move forward at the same depth.
  • They say it is interesting that the suction-feeding mechanism evolved independently in the frogs and larval bony fish.
British Dictionary definitions for bony fish

bony fish

noun, noun
1.
any fish of the class Osteichthyes, including most of the extant species, having a skeleton of bone rather than cartilage
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bony fish
  (bō'nē)   
Any of numerous ray-finned fishes belonging to the infraclass Teleostei or Teleostomi, having a skeleton that is completely made of bone, rather than partially or completely made of cartilage. Most living species of fish are bony fish. Also called teleost. Compare cartilaginous fish, jawless fish.

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