plectognath

plectognath

[plek-tog-nath]
adjective
1.
belonging to the Plectognathi, a group or order of fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick, often spiny, scaleless skin, and including the filefish, globefish, puffer, and triggerfish.
noun
2.
a plectognath fish.

Origin:
1825–35; < Neo-Latin Plectognathi, plural of Plectognathus, equivalent to plecto- (< Greek plektós plaited, twisted; see -o-) + -gnathus -gnathous

plectognathic, plectognathous [plek-tog-nuh-thuhs] , adjective
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plectognath (ˈplɛktɒɡˌnæθ)
 
n
1.  any spiny-finned marine fish of the mainly tropical order Plectognathi (or Tetraodontiformes), having a small mouth, strong teeth, and small gill openings: includes puffers, triggerfish, trunkfish, sunfish, etc
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the order Plectognathi
 
[C19: via New Latin from Greek plektos twisted + gnathos jaw]

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