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  • noun zoology An agnathan.


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From Agnatha, from Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-, "without") + γνάθος (gnathos, "jaw").


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  • Probably should be agnatha.

    September 1, 2008

  • Agnatha is the name of the group; agnathan is a member of the group, sometimes shortened to agnath.

    September 1, 2008

  • Well, that's what I thought, but it was very difficult to find any info online using this name. *sigh*

    September 1, 2008

  • Try searching for the plural: "agnaths" gets a lot more hits than "agnath". Google automatically searches for the plural on common words, but it apparently does this by brute force (a masterlist of plurals) rather than some clever algorithm.

    September 1, 2008

  • Cool. Thanks!

    September 1, 2008

  • "There are two extant groups of jawless fish (sometimes called cyclostomes, the lampreys and the hagfish, with about 100 species in total." (Wikipedia: "Agnatha.")

    September 4, 2008