from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In entomology, a large and wide-spread genus of ladybirds of the family Coccinellidæ, comprising species of small size, inconspicuous coloration, and short antennæ.
  • n. In ichthyology, a genus of sharks, typical of the family Scymnidæ.


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  • (εὐσχήμως), ‘dulice’ (δουλικῶς), [so ‘scymnus’ by Lucretius], none of which, I believe, are employed except by him; ‘mastigias’ and

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