plural noun

: an order or suborder of teleost fishes having all the rays of the median and pelvic fins soft and jointed, the pelvic fins thoracic or jugular in position, and the air bladder, when present, usually without a duct, and comprising the codfishes, hakes, and their related forms and formerly sometimes including the flounders and soles

Word History


New Latin, from Greek anakanthos without a spine, without thorns (from an- + akanthos spine, thorn) + New Latin -ini

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anacanthini was in 1846

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“Anacanthini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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