[si-ley-kee-uh n]
  1. a selachian fish.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Selachii (or Elasmobranchii), a large subclass of cartilaginous fishes including the sharks, rays, dogfish, and skates
  1. 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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