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selachian

[ si-ley-kee-uhn ]
/ sɪˈleɪ ki ən /
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adjective

belonging to the Selachii, a group of fishes comprising the sharks, skates, and rays.

noun

a selachian fish.

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Origin of selachian

1825–35; <New Latin Selachi(i) (plural) name of the order (<Greek seláchios (singular) resembling a shark, cartilaginous, adj. derivative of seláchos shark, ray) + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for selachian

selachian
/ (sɪˈleɪkɪən) /

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Selachii (or Elasmobranchii), a large subclass of cartilaginous fishes including the sharks, rays, dogfish, and skates

noun

any fish belonging to the subclass Selachii
Also: elasmobranch

Word Origin for selachian

C19: from New Latin Selachiī, from Greek selakhē a shark; related to Greek selas brightness
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