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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. An extensive order of fishes, including the salmons, herrings, and many allied forms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An order of physostomous fishes with no precoracoid arch, the scapular arch suspended to the cranium, a symplectic bone, the pterotic and anterior vertebr√¶ simple, and the parietals separated by the supraoccipital. The order includes most malacopterygian fishes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. most primitive teleost fishes; all are soft-finned: salmon; trout; herring; shad; sardines; anchovies; whitefish; smelts; tarpon

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