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[tel-ee-ost, tee-lee-]
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  1. belonging or pertaining to the Teleostei, a group of bony fishes including most living species.
  1. Also called tel·e·o·stome [tel-ee-uh-stohm, tee-lee-] /ˈtɛl i əˌstoʊm, ˈti li-/. a teleost fish.
Sometimes tel·e·os·te·an [tel-ee-os-tee-uh n, tee-lee-] /ˌtɛl iˈɒs ti ən, ˌti li-/.

Origin of teleost

1860–65; < New Latin Teleostei infraclass name (designating fish with completely ossified skeletons), plural of teleosteus, equivalent to Greek tele- tele-2 + -osteos -boned, adj. derivative of ostéon bone; see osteo-, -ous
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  1. any bony fish of the subclass Teleostei, having rayed fins and a swim bladder: the group contains most of the bony fishes, including the herrings, carps, eels, cod, perches, etc
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Teleostei

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin teleosteī (pl) creatures having complete skeletons, from Greek teleos complete + osteon bone
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teleost in Science


[tĕlē-ŏst′, tēlē-]
  1. See bony fish.
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