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homocercal

[hoh-muh-sur-kuh l, hom-uh-] /ˌhoʊ məˈsɜr kəl, ˌhɒm ə-/
adjective, Ichthyology
1.
having an equally divided tail, characteristic of adult modern bony fishes.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; homo- + cerc- (< Greek kérkos tail) + -al1
Related forms
homocercy
[hoh-muh-sur-see, hom-uh-] /ˈhoʊ məˌsɜr si, ˈhɒm ə-/ (Show IPA),
homocercality
[hoh-muh-ser-kal-i-tee, hom-uh-] /ˌhoʊ mə sərˈkæl ɪ ti, ˌhɒm ə-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for homocercal

homocercal

/ˌhəʊməʊˈsɜːkəl; ˌhɒm-/
adjective
1.
(ichthyol) of or possessing a symmetrical tail that extends beyond the end of the vertebral column, as in most bony fishes Compare heterocercal
Word Origin
C19: from homo- + Greek kerkos tail
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