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ganoid

[gan-oid] /ˈgæn ɔɪd/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the Ganoidei, a group of mostly extinct fishes characterized by hard, bony scales, the living species of which include the paddlefishes, sturgeons, and gars.
2.
(of the scale of a fish) having a smooth, shiny surface of ganoin or a similar substance.
noun
3.
a ganoid fish.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < French ganoïde < Greek gán(os) brightness + -oïde -oid
Related forms
subganoid, adjective
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  • There is nothing left alive and progressive but a ganoid or two and perhaps half a dozen asteroids.
British Dictionary definitions for ganoid

ganoid

/ˈɡænɔɪd/
adjective
1.
(of the scales of certain fishes) consisting of an inner bony layer and an outer layer of an enamel-like substance (ganoin)
2.
denoting fishes, including the sturgeon and bowfin, having such scales
noun
3.
a ganoid fish
Word Origin
C19: from French ganoïde, from Greek ganos brightness + -oid
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