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acanthodian

[ak-uh n-thoh-dee-uh n]
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  1. any small, spiny-finned, sharklike fish of the extinct order Acanthodii, from the Paleozoic Era.
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Origin of acanthodian

1850–55; < New Latin Acanthodi(i) plural of acanthodius (equivalent to Acanthod(es) a genus (< Greek akanthṓdēs prickly, spiny; see acanth-, -ode1) + Latin -ius) + -an
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  • There is no evidence that the lateral row of spines in the acanthodian Climatius has any other than a defensive significance.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3

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