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