sciaenoid

sciaenoid

[sahy-ee-noid]
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the Sciaenidae, a family of carnivorous fishes that produce a loud sound by snapping the muscles attached to their air bladder, comprising the croakers and drums.
noun
2.
a sciaenoid fish.
Also, sciaenid [sahy-ee-nid] .


Origin:
1830–40; < Latin sciaen(a) kind of fish (< Greek skíaîna) + -oid

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sciaenid or sciaenoid (saɪˈiːnɪd, -ɔɪd)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Sciaenidae, a family of mainly tropical and subtropical marine percoid fishes that includes the drums, grunts, and croakers
 
n
2.  any sciaenid fish
 
[C19: from Latin sciaena a type of fish, from Greek skiaina]
 
sciaenoid or sciaenoid
 
adj
 
n
 
[C19: from Latin sciaena a type of fish, from Greek skiaina]

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