malacopterygian

malacopterygian

[mal-uh-kop-tuh-rij-ee-uhn]
adjective
belonging or pertaining to the Malacopterygii (Malacopteri), a group of soft-finned, teleost fishes.

Origin:
1825–35; < Neo-Latin Malacopterygi(i) (malaco- malaco- + -pterygii, plural of -pterygius finned, winged, adj. derivative of Greek pterýgion, diminutive of ptéryx wing, fin) + -an

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malacopterygian (ˌmæləˌkɒptəˈrɪdʒɪən)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Malacopterygii, a group of teleost fishes, including herrings and salmon, having soft fin rays
 
n
2.  any malacopterygian fish; a soft-finned fish
 
[C19: from New Latin Malacopterygii, from malaco- + Greek pterux wing, fin]

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