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malacopterygian

[mal-uh-kop-tuh-rij-ee-uh n] /ˌmæl əˌkɒp təˈrɪdʒ i ən/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the Malacopterygii (Malacopteri), a group of soft-finned, teleost fishes.
Origin of malacopterygian
1825-1835
1825-35; < New Latin Malacopterygi(i) (malaco- malaco- + -pterygii, plural of -pterygius finned, winged, adj. derivative of Greek pterýgion, diminutive of ptéryx wing, fin) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for malacopterygian

malacopterygian

/ˌmæləˌkɒptəˈrɪdʒɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Malacopterygii, a group of teleost fishes, including herrings and salmon, having soft fin rays
noun
2.
any malacopterygian fish; a soft-finned fish
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Malacopterygii, from malaco- + Greek pterux wing, fin
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