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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various fishes of the group Teleostei, having a protrusible upper jaw and including most of the ray-finned fishes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In ichthyology, osseous, as a fish; having a well-ossified skeleton, as ordinary fishes; of or pertaining to the Teleostei.
  • noun An osseous fish; any member of the Teleostei. See cuts on following page, and cuts under Esox, optic, palatoquadrate, parasphenoid, and pike.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the Teleosti. Also used adjectively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of, or relating to the Teleostei - fish with bony skeletons
  • noun such a fish

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a bony fish of the subclass Teleostei

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Teleosteī, group name (Greek teleos, complete; see teleology + osteon, bone; see ost- in Indo-European roots) and from New Latin Teleostomī, group name (Greek teleos, complete + Greek stoma, mouth).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek τέλεος (teleos, "complete") + ὀστέον (osteon, "bone").

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