: a genus (sometimes made the type of a separate family Acanthocybiidae though usually placed in Scombridae) of large predaceous marine fishes that includes the wahoo and other food and game fishes

Word History


New Latin, from acanth- + Latin cybium tunny, from Greek kybion flesh of the young tunny, from kybos piece of salted fish, cube

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Acanthocybium was in 1862

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near Acanthocybium

Cite this Entry

“Acanthocybium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!