from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of spinose, plectognath fishes, having the teeth of each jaw united into a single beaklike plate. They are able to inflate the body by taking in air or water, and, hence, are called globefishes, swellfishes, etc. Called also porcupine fishes, and sea hedgehogs.
- n. A genus of whales.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ichthyology: A genus Of globe-fishes, of the suborder Gymnodontes and order Plectognathi. [lowercase] A species of the genus Diodon.
- n. In ornithology, a genus of two-toothed falcons of South America: same as Bidens, Diplodon, or Harpagus.
- n. In mammalogy, a genus of cetaceans: same as Ziphius.
- n. In herpetology, same as Anodon, 2.
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- n. type genus of the Diodontidae
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D. Garden dissected the amphibious creature called diodon by
In the neighbourhood of Rio Janeiro is found an insect-eating hawk (Harpagus diodon), and in the same district a bird-eating hawk (Accipiter pileatus) which closely resembles it.
The diodon has been known to be swallowed alive by a shark, in whose stomach it was found floating, probably supported by the air with which it had become inflated.
Probably the little diodon of the Amazon has a similar means of revenging itself on the voracious monsters to whom it falls a prey; and though it might not be able to liberate itself through the scaly back of an alligator, it would inevitably kill the monster, or cause him such pain as to make him repent having swallowed so indigestible a morsel.
The little mamayacu, a species of diodon, which in the ocean attains a foot in length, is found in the Amazon three or four inches long, of a pretty green colour, banded with black.
D. GARDEN dissected the amphibious creature called diodon by
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