sciaenoid

[ sahy-ee-noid ]
/ saɪˈi nɔɪd /

adjective

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.

noun

a sciaenoid fish.

Nearby words

  1. schütz, heinrich,
  2. sci-fi,
  3. sci-tech,
  4. sci.,
  5. sciaenid,
  6. sciage,
  7. sciamachy,
  8. sciatic,
  9. sciatic foramen,
  10. sciatic hernia

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

Origin of sciaenoid

1830–40; < Latin sciaen(a) kind of fish (< Greek skíaîna) + -oid

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British Dictionary definitions for sciaenid

sciaenid

sciaenoid (-ɔɪd)

/ (saɪˈiːnɪd) /

adjective

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

noun

any sciaenid fish

Word Origin for sciaenid

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

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