[mal-uh-kop-tuh-rij-ee-uh n]

Origin of malacopterygian

1825–35; < New Latin Malacopterygi(i) (malaco- malaco- + -pterygii, plural of -pterygius finned, winged, adj. derivative of Greek pterýgion, diminutive of ptéryx wing, fin) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for malacopterygian


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Malacopterygii, a group of teleost fishes, including herrings and salmon, having soft fin rays
  1. any malacopterygian fish; a soft-finned fish

Word Origin for malacopterygian

C19: from New Latin Malacopterygii, from malaco- + Greek pterux wing, fin
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