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branchiostegal

[brang-kee-os-ti-guh l] /ˌbræŋ kiˈɒs tɪ gəl/
noun
1.
Also called branchiostegal ray. one of the long, curved bones just below the operculum, supporting the gill membranes.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the branchiostegals.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; branchio- + steg(o)- + -al1
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branchiostegal

/ˌbræŋkɪəˈstiːɡəl/
adjective
1.
(zoology) of or relating to the operculum covering the gill slits of fish: branchiostegal membrane, branchiostegal rays
Word Origin
from branchia + Greek stegos roof
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