adjective Etymology: probably from New Latin catadromus, from cata- + -dromus -dromous Date: 1880 living in freshwater and going to the sea to spawn <
catadromous eels
compare anadromous

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Catadromous — Ca*tad ro*mous, a. [Gr. kata down + dro mos a running.] 1. (Bot.) Having the lowest inferior segment of a pinna nearer the rachis than the lowest superior one; said of a mode of branching in ferns, and opposed to {anadromous}. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catadromous — [kə tad′rə məs] adj. [ CATA + DROMOUS] going back to or toward the sea to spawn: said of certain freshwater fishes …   English World dictionary

  • catadromous — running down; those fishes which spend most of their lives in freshwater and which migrate to the sea to reproduce, e.g. Anguilla (Myers, 1949; McDowall, 1968) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • catadromous — /keuh tad reuh meuhs/, adj. (of fish) migrating from fresh water to spawn in the sea, as eels of the genus Anguilla (distinguished from anadromous). [1880 85; CATA + DROMOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • catadromous — adjective a) that lives in fresh water and breeds in the sea b) Of a fern in which the first veins in a frond segment are produced towards the base of the frond. Ant …   Wiktionary

  • catadromous — Migrating from fresh water to the ocean to spawn. SEE ALSO: anadromous …   Medical dictionary

  • catadromous — [ka tadrəməs] adjective Zoology (of a fish) migrating down rivers to the sea to spawn. The opposite of anadromous. Origin C19: from cata + Gk dromos running , on the pattern of anadromous …   English new terms dictionary

  • catadromous — ca·tad·ro·mous …   English syllables

  • catadromous — ca•tad•ro•mous [[t]kəˈtæd rə məs[/t]] adj. ich (of fish) migrating from fresh water to spawn in the sea (disting. from anadromous). • Etymology: 1880–85; cata + dromous …   From formal English to slang

  • catadromous — /kəˈtædrəməs/ (say kuh tadruhmuhs) adjective (of fishes) going down a river to the sea to spawn. Compare anadromous. {New Latin, from Greek katadromos running down} …   Australian English dictionary

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