: a genus (the type of the family Ammodytidae) of percomorph fishes containing the typical sand launces

Word History


New Latin, from Greek ammodytēs, a snake, literally, sand burrower, from amm- + dytēs diver, from dyein to enter, get into, sink

First Known Use

circa 1773, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ammodytes was circa 1773

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“Ammodytes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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