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[lep-tuh-sef-uh-luh s]
noun, plural lep·to·ceph·a·li [lep-tuh-sef-uh-lahy] /ˌlɛp təˈsɛf əˌlaɪ/.
  1. a colorless, transparent, flattened larva, especially of certain eels and ocean fishes.
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Origin of leptocephalus

From New Latin, dating back to 1760–70; see origin at lepto-, -cephalous
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Historical Examples

  • Teleostean fishes are generally bony, but the bones are represented by cartilages in Leptocephalus.

    The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, October 1879


British Dictionary definitions for leptocephalus


noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
  1. the slender transparent oceanic larva of eels of the genus Anguilla that migrates from its hatching ground in the Caribbean to European freshwater habitats
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