Ag·​o·​nos·​to·​mus | \ ˌa-gə-ˈnä-stə-məs \

Definition of Agonostomus

: a genus of tropical freshwater mullets of the East and West Indies and Mexico much used as food

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First Known Use of Agonostomus

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Agonostomus

New Latin, from Greek agōnos without angle + New Latin -stomus

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“Agonostomus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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