[ak-uh n-thop-tuh-rij-ee-uh n]
- belonging or pertaining to the Acanthopterygii (Acanthopteri), the group of spiny-finned fishes, including the bass and perch.
- an acanthopterygian fish.
Origin of acanthopterygian
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Acanthopterygian, ak-an-thop-tėr-ij′i-an, adj. having spiny fins.
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Acanthopterygii, a large group of teleost fishes having spiny fin rays. The group includes most saltwater bony fishes
- any fish belonging to the Acanthopterygii
C19: from New Latin Acanthopterygii, from acantho- + Greek pterúgion fin
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- Any of a large group of teleost fishes of the superorder Acanthopterygii, having spiny rays in the dorsal and anal fins and including the bass, perch, mackerel, and swordfish.
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