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ganoid

[ gan-oid ]
/ ˈgæn ɔɪd /
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adjective
of or relating to the Ganoidei, a group of mostly extinct fishes characterized by hard, bony scales, the living species of which include the paddlefishes, sturgeons, and gars.
(of the scale of a fish) having a smooth, shiny surface of ganoin or a similar substance.
noun
a ganoid fish.
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Origin of ganoid

1830–40; <French ganoïde<Greek gán(os) brightness + -oïde-oid

OTHER WORDS FROM ganoid

sub·gan·oid, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ganoid

ganoid
/ (ˈɡænɔɪd) /

adjective
(of the scales of certain fishes) consisting of an inner bony layer and an outer layer of an enamel-like substance (ganoin)
denoting fishes, including the sturgeon and bowfin, having such scales
noun
a ganoid fish

Word Origin for ganoid

C19: from French ganoïde, from Greek ganos brightness + -oid
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