- any fish of the class Osteichthyes, characterized by gill covers, an air bladder, and a skeleton composed of bone in addition to cartilage.
Origin of bony fish
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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The fishermen of Key West usually know the lady-fish as bone-fish, and the ten-pounder as bony-fish.Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others
James Alexander Henshall
- any fish of the class Osteichthyes, including most of the extant species, having a skeleton of bone rather than cartilage
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