[si-loo r-id, sahy-]
- any of numerous Old World freshwater fishes of the family Siluridae, comprising the catfishes.
- belonging or pertaining to the family Siluridae.
Origin of silurid
1890–95; < New Latin Siluridae name of the family, equivalent to Silur(us) genus name (Latin silūrus a kind of fish < Greek sílouros) + -idae -id2
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Examples from the Web for silurid
- any freshwater teleost fish of the Eurasian family Siluridae, including catfish, such as Silurus glanis (European catfish), that have an elongated body, naked skin, and a long anal fin
- of, relating to, or belonging to the family Siluridae
C19: from Latin silūrus, from Greek silouros a river fish