Malacopterygian \Mal`a*cop`ter*yg"i*an\, n. [Cf. F. malacopt['e]rygien.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the {Malacopterygii}. [1913 Webster]

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  • malacopterygian — /mal euh kop teuh rij ee euhn/, adj. belonging or pertaining to the Malacopterygii (Malacopteri), a group of soft finned, teleost fishes. [1825 35; < NL Malacopterygi(i) (malaco MALACO + pterygii, pl. of pterygius finned, winged, adj. deriv. of… …   Universalium

  • malacopterygian — mal·a·cop·te·ryg·ian …   English syllables

  • malacopterygian — /mæləˌkɒptəˈrɪdʒiən/ (say maluh.koptuh rijeeuhn) adjective of or relating to the Malacopterygii, a division of soft finned teleost fishes. {Greek malako(s) soft + pteryx wing, fin + ian} …   Australian English dictionary

  • malacopterygian — noun any fish of the superorder Malacopterygii • Syn: ↑soft finned fish • Ant: ↑spiny finned fish (for: ↑soft finned fish) • Hypernyms: ↑teleost fish, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • malaco- — a combining form meaning soft, used in the formation of compound words: malacopterygian. [ < Gk malako , comb. form of malakós] * * * …   Universalium

  • soft-finned — /sawft find , soft /, adj. Ichthyol. having fins supported by articulated rays rather than by spines, as a malacopterygian. [1765 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • soft-finned — /ˈsɒft fɪnd/ (say soft find) adjective (of fish) having fins supported by articulated rays rather than by spines, as a malacopterygian (contrasted with spiny finned) …   Australian English dictionary

  • Albula vulpes — noun slender silvery marine fish found in tropical mud flats and mangrove lagoons • Syn: ↑bonefish • Hypernyms: ↑soft finned fish, ↑malacopterygian • Member Holonyms: ↑Albula, ↑genus Albula …   Useful english dictionary

  • beaked salmon — noun fish of sandy areas of western Pacific and Indian oceans having an angular snout for burrowing into sand • Syn: ↑sandfish, ↑Gonorhynchus gonorhynchus • Hypernyms: ↑soft finned fish, ↑malacopterygian • Member Holonyms: ↑Gonorhyn …   Useful english dictionary

  • clupeid — noun any of numerous soft finned schooling food fishes of shallow waters of northern seas • Syn: ↑clupeid fish • Hypernyms: ↑soft finned fish, ↑malacopterygian • Hyponyms: ↑shad, ↑alewife, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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