- any of the Clupeidae, a family of chiefly marine, teleostean fishes, including the herrings, sardines, menhaden, and shad.
- belonging or pertaining to the family Clupeidae.
Origin of clupeid
1875–80; < New Latin Clupeidae, equivalent to Clupe(a) the type genus (Latin: a small river fish) + -idae -id2
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Examples from the Web for clupeid
A well-known small sea-fish, belonging to the family of Clupeid, a branch of the order Malacopterygii.
The Herring family (Clupeid) contains some well-known food-fishes to which we need only casually refer.The Sea Shore
William S. Furneaux
There are several species of sardines belonging to the herring family (Clupeid).Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others
James Alexander Henshall
- any widely distributed soft-finned teleost fish of the family Clupeidae, typically having oily flesh, and including the herrings, sardines, shad, etc
- of, relating to, or belonging to the family Clupeidae
C19: from New Latin Clupeidae, from Latin clupea small river fish
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