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branchiostegal

[ brang-kee-os-ti-guhl ]
/ ˌbræŋ kiˈɒs tɪ gəl /
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noun

Also called branchiostegal ray . one of the long, curved bones just below the operculum, supporting the gill membranes.

adjective

of or relating to the branchiostegals.

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Origin of branchiostegal

First recorded in 1740–50; branchio- + steg(o)- + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for branchiostegal

branchiostegal
/ (ˌbræŋkɪəˈstiːɡəl) /

adjective

zoology of or relating to the operculum covering the gill slits of fishbranchiostegal membrane; branchiostegal rays

Word Origin for branchiostegal

from branchia + Greek stegos roof
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