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homocercal

[ hoh-muh-sur-kuhl, hom-uh- ]
/ ˌhoʊ məˈsɜr kəl, ˌhɒm ə- /
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adjective Ichthyology.

having an equally divided tail, characteristic of adult modern bony fishes.

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Origin of homocercal

1830–40; homo- + cerc- (<Greek kérkos tail) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM homocercal

ho·mo·cer·cy [hoh-muh-sur-see, hom-uh-], /ˈhoʊ məˌsɜr si, ˈhɒm ə-/, ho·mo·cer·cal·i·ty [hoh-muh-ser-kal-i-tee, hom-uh-], /ˌhoʊ mə sərˈkæl ɪ ti, ˌhɒm ə-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for homocercal

homocercal
/ (ˌhəʊməʊˈsɜːkəl, ˌhɒm-) /

adjective

ichthyol of or possessing a symmetrical tail that extends beyond the end of the vertebral column, as in most bony fishesCompare heterocercal

Word Origin for homocercal

C19: from homo- + Greek kerkos tail
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