American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or belonging to the Sciaenidae, a family of fishes that includes the drums and croakers.
- n. A sciaenoid fish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Related or belonging to the Sciænidæ; sciæniform.
- n. A member of the Sciæniformes or Sciænidæ.
- adj. zoology Of or relating to the Sciaenidae, a family of marine fishes.
- n. zoology Any of the Sciaenidae, a family of marine fishes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the
Sciænidæ, a family of carnivorous marine fishes which includes the meagre (Sciaena umbra or Sciaena aquila), and fish of the drum and croaker families. The croaker is so called because it may make a croaking noise by use of its bladder; the Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus, formerly Micropogon undulatus) and the squeteague are a members of the croaker family, and the kingfish is a drum.
- Latin sciaena a kind of fish (from Ancient Greek) + -oid. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Sciaena, type genus (from Latin sciaena, a kind of fish, from Greek skiaina, perhaps from skiā, shadow) + -oid. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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