Plectognath
Plectognath Plec"tog*nath, a. (Zo["o]l.) Of or pertaining to the Plectognathi. -- n. One of the Plectognathi. [1913 Webster]

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  • plectognath — [plek′täg nath΄] n. [< ModL Plectognathi < Gr plektos, twisted (< plekein, to braid: for IE base see FLAX) + gnathos, jaw: for IE base see CHIN] any of an order (Tetraodontiformes) of bony fishes of warm seas, having a small mouth with… …   English World dictionary

  • plectognath — plectognathic, plectognathous /plek tog neuh theuhs/, adj. /plek tog nath /, adj. 1. belonging to the Plectognathi, a group or order of fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick, often spiny, scaleless skin, and including the filefish,… …   Universalium

  • plectognath — noun tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines • Syn: ↑plectognath fish • Hypernyms: ↑spiny finned fish, ↑acanthopterygian • Hyponyms: ↑triggerfish, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • plectognath — noun Any fish of the order Tetraodontiformes …   Wiktionary

  • plectognath — plec·tog·nath …   English syllables

  • plectognath — /ˈplɛktɒgnæθ/ (say plektognath) adjective belonging to the Plectognathi, a group of teleost fishes having the jaws extensively ankylosed and including the filefish, globefish, etc. {New Latin Plectognathī, plural, from Greek plekto(s) plaited,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • plectognath fish — noun tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines • Syn: ↑plectognath • Hypernyms: ↑spiny finned fish, ↑acanthopterygian • Hyponyms: ↑triggerfish, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • acanthopterygian — noun a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays • Syn: ↑spiny finned fish • Ant: ↑soft finned fish (for: ↑spiny finned fish) • Hypernyms: ↑teleost fish, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • boxfish — noun any of numerous small tropical fishes having body and head encased in bony plates • Syn: ↑trunkfish • Hypernyms: ↑plectognath, ↑plectognath fish • Hyponyms: ↑cowfish, ↑Lactophrys quadricornis …   Useful english dictionary

  • filefish — noun narrow flattened warm water fishes with leathery skin and a long file like dorsal spine • Hypernyms: ↑plectognath, ↑plectognath fish • Hyponyms: ↑leatherjacket, ↑leatherfish • Member Holonyms: ↑Balistidae, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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