chondrichthian chondrichthian n. a fish in which the skeleton may be calcified but not ossified; a cartilaginous fish.

Syn: cartilaginous fish. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • chondrichthian — /kon drik thee euhn/, n. any member of the class Chondrichthyes, comprising the cartilaginous fishes. [ < NL, equiv. to chondr CHONDR + Gk ichthýes (pl.) fish] * * * ▪ fish class Introduction class name  Chondrichthyes,  or  Selachii    any… …   Universalium

  • chondrichthian — chon·drich·thi·an …   English syllables

  • chondrichthian — noun fishes in which the skeleton may be calcified but not ossified • Syn: ↑cartilaginous fish • Hypernyms: ↑fish • Hyponyms: ↑holocephalan, ↑holocephalian, ↑elasmobranch, ↑selachian …   Useful english dictionary

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  • fish — fishless, adj. /fish/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) fishes, v. n. 1. any of various cold blooded, aquatic vertebrates, having gills, commonly fins, and typically an elongated body covered with …   Universalium

  • Fish — /fish/, n. Hamilton, 1808 93, U.S. statesman: secretary of state 1869 77. * * * I Any of more than 24,000 species of cold blooded vertebrates found worldwide in fresh and salt water. Living species range from the primitive lampreys and hagfishes… …   Universalium

  • muscle — muscleless, adj. muscly, adj. /mus euhl/, n., v., muscled, muscling, adj. n. 1. a tissue composed of cells or fibers, the contraction of which produces movement in the body. 2. an organ, composed of muscle tissue, that contracts to produce a… …   Universalium

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  • Cretaceous Period — Interval of geologic time from с 144 to 65 million years ago. During the Cretaceous the climate was warmer than today. In the seas, marine invertebrates flourished, and bony fishes evolved. On land, flowering plants arose, and insects, bees in… …   Universalium

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