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plectognath

[plek-tog-nath] /ˈplɛk tɒgˌnæθ/
adjective
1.
belonging to the Plectognathi, a group or order of fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick, often spiny, scaleless skin, and including the filefish, globefish, puffer, and triggerfish.
noun
2.
a plectognath fish.
Origin of plectognath
1825-1835
1825-35; < New Latin Plectognathi, plural of Plectognathus, equivalent to plecto- (< Greek plektós plaited, twisted; see -o-) + -gnathus -gnathous
Related forms
plectognathic, plectognathous
[plek-tog-nuh-thuh s] /plɛkˈtɒg nə θəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for plectognath

plectognath

/ˈplɛktɒɡˌnæθ/
noun
1.
any spiny-finned marine fish of the mainly tropical order Plectognathi (or Tetraodontiformes), having a small mouth, strong teeth, and small gill openings: includes puffers, triggerfish, trunkfish, sunfish, etc
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the order Plectognathi
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek plektos twisted + gnathos jaw
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