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sciaenoid

[sahy-ee-noid]
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adjective
  1. 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.
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noun
  1. a sciaenoid fish.
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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)

adjective
  1. 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
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noun
  1. any sciaenid fish
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Word Origin

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