teleost

[ tel-ee-ost, tee-lee- ]
/ ˈtɛl iˌɒst, ˈti li- /

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the Teleostei, a group of bony fishes including most living species.

noun

Also called tel·e·o·stome [tel-ee-uh-stohm, tee-lee-]. /ˈtɛl i əˌstoʊm, ˈti li-/. a teleost fish.

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Sometimes tel·e·os·te·an [tel-ee-os-tee-uhn, tee-lee-] /ˌtɛl iˈɒs ti ən, ˌti li-/ .

Origin of teleost

1860–65; <New Latin Teleostei infraclass name (designating fish with completely ossified skeletons), plural of teleosteus, equivalent to Greek tele-tele-2 + -osteos -boned, adj. derivative of ostéon bone; see osteo-, -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for teleost

teleost
/ (ˈtɛlɪˌɒst, ˈtiːlɪ-) /

noun

any bony fish of the subclass Teleostei, having rayed fins and a swim bladder: the group contains most of the bony fishes, including the herrings, carps, eels, cod, perches, etc

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Teleostei

Word Origin for teleost

C19: from New Latin teleosteī (pl) creatures having complete skeletons, from Greek teleos complete + osteon bone
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Scientific definitions for teleost

teleost
[ tĕlē-ŏst′, tēlē- ]

See bony fish.
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