from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. An order of teleostean fishes, having the gills arranged in tufts on the branchial arches, as the Hippocampus and pipefishes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An order of teleost fishes having the branchial skeleton imperfect, the superior and basal branchihyals and pharyngeals wanting, and the gills not lamellar, but developed as loop-like or tuft-like lobes, whence the name.
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