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coelacanth

noun coe·la·canth \ˈsē-lə-ˌkan(t)th\

Definition of COELACANTH

:  any of an order (Coelacanthiformes) of lobe-finned fishes known chiefly from Paleozoic and Mesozoic fossils
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Origin of COELACANTH

ultimately from Greek koilos hollow + akantha spine — more at cave
First Known Use: 1857

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