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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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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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