[ plek-tog-nath ]
/ ˈplɛk tɒgˌnæθ /
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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.



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Origin of plectognath

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

OTHER WORDS FROM plectognath

plec·tog·nath·ic, plec·tog·na·thous [plek-tog-nuh-thuhs], /plɛkˈtɒg nə θəs/, adjective

Words nearby plectognath

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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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