scorpaenid

scorpaenid

[skawr-pee-nid]
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the Scorpaenidae, a family of marine fishes with spiny fins, including the rockfishes, scorpionfishes, and lionfishes.
noun
2.
a scorpaenid fish.

Origin:
1880–85; < Neo-Latin Scorpaenidae family name, equivalent to Latin scorpaen(a) (< Greek skórpaina kind of fish; akin to skorpíos scorpion) + -idae -idae; see -id2

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scorpaenid (skɔːˈpiːnɪd)
 
n
1.  any spiny-finned marine fish of the family Scorpaenidae, having sharp spines on the fins and a heavy armoured head: includes the scorpion fishes, rockfishes, and redfishes
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the family Scorpaenidae
 
[via New Latin from Latin scorpaena a sea-scorpion; see scorpion]

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