noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek teleios complete, perfect (from telos end) + osteon bone — more at osseous Date: 1862 bony fishteleost adjectiveteleostean adjective

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  • Teleost — Te le*ost, n. [Gr. ? complete + ? bone.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Teleosti. Also used adjectively. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • teleost — [tel′ēäs΄tē ən, tē′lēäs΄tē əntel′ē äst΄, tē′lēäst΄] n. [< Gr teleos, complete < telos (see TELO 1) + osteon, bone: see OSSIFY] any of many orders of bony fishes having a consolidated internal skeleton, swim bladder, thin cycloid scales, etc …   English World dictionary

  • teleost — /tel ee ost , tee lee /, adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the Teleostei, a group of bony fishes including most living species. n. 2. Also called teleostome /tel ee euh stohm , tee lee /. a teleost fish. Also, teleostean. [1860 65; < NL… …   Universalium

  • teleost — tel•e•ost [[t]ˈtɛl iˌɒst, ˈti li [/t]] also tel e•os′te•an adj. 1) ich belonging or pertaining to the Teleostei, several orders of bony fishes that have a swim bladder and thin scales: includes most living species 2) ich a teleost fish •… …   From formal English to slang

  • teleost — /ˈtɛliɒst/ (say teleeost) adjective 1. belonging or relating to the Teleostei, the group of fishes that have a skeleton composed at least in part of bone rather than of cartilage, including the large majority of living species of fish. –noun 2. a …   Australian English dictionary

  • teleost — 1. adjective of, or relating to the Teleostei fish with bony skeletons 2. noun such a fish …   Wiktionary

  • teleost — tele·ost (telґe ost) a member of the Teleostei, comprising the higher bony fishes …   Medical dictionary

  • teleost — [ tɛlɪɒst, ti:l ] noun Zoology a fish of a large group (division Teleostei) that comprises most bony fishes (apart from sturgeons, lungfishes, and some other kinds). Origin C19: from Gk teleos complete + osteon bone …   English new terms dictionary

  • teleost — tel·e·ost …   English syllables

  • teleost — n. any fish of the subclass Teleostei of bony fish, including eels, plaice, salmon, etc. Etymology: Gk teleo complete + osteon bone …   Useful english dictionary

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