[ sahy-ee-noid ]
/ saɪˈi nɔɪd /


belonging or pertaining to the Sciaenidae, a family of carnivorous fishes that produce a loud sound by snapping the muscles attached to their air bladder, comprising the croakers and drums.


a sciaenoid fish.
Also sci·ae·nid [sahy-ee-nid] /saɪˈi nɪd/.

Origin of sciaenoid

1830–40; < Latin sciaen(a) kind of fish (< Greek skíaîna) + -oid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sciaenid


sciaenoid (-ɔɪd)

/ (saɪˈiːnɪd) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Sciaenidae, a family of mainly tropical and subtropical marine percoid fishes that includes the drums, grunts, and croakers


any sciaenid fish

Word Origin for sciaenid

C19: from Latin sciaena a type of fish, from Greek skiaina
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