branchiostegal love

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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the operculum that covers the gill slits of fish
  • n. A branchiostegal ray.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the membrane covering the gills of fishes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to or of the nature of a branchiostege.
  • n. One of the bony rays under the head of a fish below the opercular bones and behind the lower jaw. They are connected by a membrane called the branchiostegal or gill-membrane.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek βράγχιον (brankhion, "gill (used in the plural)") + στέγω (stegō, "cover") +‎ -al (Wiktionary)

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