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diphycercal

[dif-uh-sur-kuh l] /ˌdɪf əˈsɜr kəl/
adjective, Ichthyology
1.
having a tail or caudal fin with the spinal column extending horizontally to the end of the tail, characteristic of lungfish, several other primitive fishes, and the juvenile stage of modern bony fishes.
Origin
diphy- double (see diphyodont) + cercal
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diphycercal

/ˌdɪfɪˈsɜːkəl/
adjective
1.
(ichthyol) of or possessing a symmetrical or pointed tail with the vertebral column extending to the tip, as in primitive fishes
Word Origin
C19: from Greek diphuēs twofold (from di1 + phuē growth) + kerkos tail
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