[ plek-tog-nath ]
/ ˈplɛk tɒgˌnæθ /


belonging to the Plectognathi, a group or order of fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick, often spiny, scaleless skin, and including the filefish, globefish, puffer, and triggerfish.


a plectognath fish.

Nearby words

  1. plebeianly,
  2. plebeians,
  3. plebiscite,
  4. plebs,
  5. plecopteran,
  6. plectron,
  7. plectrum,
  8. pled,
  9. pledge,
  10. pledge of allegiance

Origin of plectognath

1825–35; < New Latin Plectognathi, plural of Plectognathus, equivalent to plecto- (< Greek plektós plaited, twisted; see -o-) + -gnathus -gnathous

Related formsplec·tog·nath·ic, plec·tog·na·thous [plek-tog-nuh-thuh s] /plɛkˈtɒg nə θəs/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for plectognath


/ (ˈplɛktɒɡˌnæθ) /


any spiny-finned marine fish of the mainly tropical order Plectognathi (or Tetraodontiformes), having a small mouth, strong teeth, and small gill openings: includes puffers, triggerfish, trunkfish, sunfish, etc


of, relating to, or belonging to the order Plectognathi

Word Origin for plectognath

C19: via New Latin from Greek plektos twisted + gnathos jaw

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