[ 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.
Origin of plectognath
Related formsplec·tog·nath·ic, plec·tog·na·thous [plek-tog-nuh-thuh s] /plɛkˈtɒg nə θəs/, adjective
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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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