acanthopterygian

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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin, from acanthus (thorn), (from Ancient Greek ἄκανθος (ákanthos)) + Ancient Greek πτερυγίων (pterugíōn) diminutive of πτέρυξ (ptéruks, wing, fin), from πτερόν (pterón, feather, wing).

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Noun[edit]

acanthopterygian (plural acanthopterygians)

  1. (zoology) Any fish of the superorder Acanthopterygii.[First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]

Adjective[edit]

acanthopterygian (not comparable)

  1. (zoology) Similar to a acanthopterygian.[First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brown, Lesley, ed. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 5th. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.