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acanthopterygian

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the Acanthopterygii; having the characters of the Acanthopterygii.
  • noun One of the Acanthopterygii; a fish with spiny fins.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Belonging to the order of fishes having spinose fins, as the perch.

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

  • noun a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From New Latin, from acanthus ("thorn"), (from Ancient Greek ἄκανθος) + Ancient Greek πτερυγίων (pterugion) diminutive of πτέρυξ (pterux, "wing, fin"), from πτερόν ("feather, wing").

Examples

  • The acanthopterygian family (_Labyrinthici_) contains nine freshwater genera, and these are distributed between the East Indies and South and

    On the Genesis of Species

  • If you speak of an acanthopterygian, it is plain that you are not discussing perch in reference to its roasting or boiling merits; and if you make an allusion to monomyarian malacology, it will not naturally be supposed to have reference to the cooking of oyster sauce.

    The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author

  • Ay, there must be something strangely entrancing in dragging the shoal waters with a hand-line, for unsuspicious, easily duped members of the acanthopterygian tribe of fishes, -- under which alarming denomination come, I believe, nearly all the finny fellows to be met with on these sand-banks, from the bluefish to the burgall.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861

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  • Spiny, fish of the

    acanthopterygian

    variety are.

    February 26, 2013

  • Nice work leaden :-)

    February 27, 2013

  • whoa..that's a mouthful.

    February 28, 2013