scorpaenid

[skawr-pee-nid]

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the Scorpaenidae, a family of marine fishes with spiny fins, including the rockfishes, scorpionfishes, and lionfishes.

noun

a scorpaenid fish.

Nearby words

  1. scoring position, in,
  2. scorn,
  3. scorner,
  4. scornful,
  5. scornfully,
  6. scorpaenoid,
  7. scorper,
  8. scorpio,
  9. scorpioid,
  10. scorpion

Origin of scorpaenid

1880–85; < New Latin Scorpaenidae family name, equivalent to Latin scorpaen(a) (< Greek skórpaina kind of fish; akin to skorpíos scorpion) + -idae -idae; see -id2

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British Dictionary definitions for scorpaenid

scorpaenid

noun

any spiny-finned marine fish of the family Scorpaenidae, having sharp spines on the fins and a heavy armoured head: includes the scorpion fishes, rockfishes, and redfishes

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the family Scorpaenidae

Word Origin for scorpaenid

via New Latin from Latin scorpaena a sea-scorpion; see scorpion

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