any of the Clupeidae, a family of chiefly marine, teleostean fishes, including the herrings, sardines, menhaden, and shad.


belonging or pertaining to the family Clupeidae.

Nearby words

  1. clunker,
  2. clunkhead,
  3. clunky,
  4. cluny,
  5. cluny lace,
  6. clupeoid,
  7. clurman,
  8. clurman, harold,
  9. clusium,
  10. cluster

Origin of clupeid

1875–80; < New Latin Clupeidae, equivalent to Clupe(a) the type genus (Latin: a small river fish) + -idae -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clupeid



any widely distributed soft-finned teleost fish of the family Clupeidae, typically having oily flesh, and including the herrings, sardines, shad, etc


of, relating to, or belonging to the family Clupeidae

Word Origin for clupeid

C19: from New Latin Clupeidae, from Latin clupea small river fish

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