from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group of ray-finned fish of the family Polypteridae in the order Polypteriformes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A remarkable ganoid fish (Polypterus bichir) found in the Nile and other African rivers. See brachioganoidei.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A remarkable living ganoid fish, Polypterus bichir, of the family Polypteridæ and order Crossopterygii, inhabiting the Nile and other African rivers, attaining a length of 18 inches, and esteemed as food. See Polypterus.


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  • At this very moment our freezer contains, in addition to food for us and frozen rodents for pet snakes, a painted turtle, a star nosed mole, a Senegal bichir, his pet rat "Pam" (who he's saving until his pine snake is big enough to eat her), porcupine feet, and probably many other things I have not found yet.

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  • The MIT researcher is also looking at other marine molluscs, including sea urchins, chitons, and the Senegal bichir.

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  • Drag to Playlist hujeta/rocket/silver/characin gar, senegal bichir, acei cichlids in my planted tank my 55 gallon planted tank is home to a characin gar, senegal bichir, 16 acei cichlids, a few chinese algae eaters and a juvenile rainbow shark. - Business News

  • Polypterus senegalus a.k.a. Senegal bichir a.k.a. Gray bichir a.k.a. "dinosaur eel", a "living fossil" fish, for its potential applicability for developing more advanced military body armor, vehicle armor

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  • (an African freshwater fish also known as the gray bichir) has "[i] ncredible fish armor [that] could suit soldiers."

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  • A few modern fishes, including the coelacanth, the African bichir Polypterus, and three genera of lungfishes, retained lungs … In two major lineages of derived bony fishes - the chondrosteans and the teleosts -- lungs evolved to swim bladders by atrophy of vascular tissue to create a more or less empty sac and, in some cases, by loss of the connecting tube to the esophagus (called the trachea in humans and other creatures with lungs).

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    January 1, 2012