[ lof-uh-brangk, loh-fuh- ]

  1. belonging or pertaining to the Lophobranchii, the group of fishes comprising the pipefishes, seahorses, snipefishes, trumpetfishes, etc.

  1. a lophobranch fish.

Origin of lophobranch

First recorded in 1855–60; from New Latin Lophobranchii name of the group, from Greek lóph(os) “crest (of a helmet or hill), tuft” + -o- connecting vowel + branchí(a) “gills (of fishes), bronchial tubes” + Latin nominative plural noun ending; see branchia, -o-
  • Also called loph·o·bran·chi·ate [lof-uh-brang-kee-it, -eyt, loh-fuh-] /ˌlɒf əˈbræŋ ki ɪt, -ˌeɪt, ˌloʊ fə-/ .

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British Dictionary definitions for lophobranch


/ (ˈləʊfəˌbræŋk) /

  1. any teleost fish of the suborder Lophobranchii, having the gills arranged in rounded tufts: includes the pipefishes and sea horses

  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Lophobranchii

Derived forms of lophobranch

  • lophobranchiate (ˌləʊfəˈbræŋkɪɪt, -ˌeɪt), adjective

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