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[ skawr-pee-nid ]
/ skɔrˈpi nɪd /


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


a scorpaenid fish.

Nearby words

scoring position, in, scorn, scorner, scornful, scornfully, scorpaenid, scorpaenoid, scorper, scorpio, scorpioid, 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for scorpaenid


/ (skɔːˈpiːnɪd) /


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


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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