Ameiurus

noun
Am·​ei·​u·​rus | \ ˌaˌmīˈyu̇rəs \

Definition of Ameiurus

: a genus of freshwater catfishes comprising the North American bullheads

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First Known Use of Ameiurus

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ameiurus

New Latin, from a- entry 2 + Greek meiouros tapering (used of a fish's snout), alteration (influenced by meioun to diminish) of myouros, literally, mouse-tailed, from mys mouse + -ouros (from oura tail)

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“Ameiurus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ameiurus. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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