noun combining form -os·te·us \ˈästēəs\

Definition of -osteus

  1. :  one having (such) a bone or bones —in generic names especially of fishes Coccosteus

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Origin and Etymology of -osteus

New Latin, from Greek osteon bone — more at osseous

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capable of being understood in two ways

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