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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019