: a genus (order Iniomi) of large slender scaleless active and predaceous deep-sea fishes comprising the handsaw fishes

Word History


New Latin, from Greek alepis without scales (from a- entry 2 a- + lepis scale) + New Latin -saurus

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alepisaurus was in 1833

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 Alepisaurus

Cite this Entry

“Alepisaurus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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