plural noun
Ari·​i·​dae | \ əˈrīəˌdē \

Definition of Ariidae

: a family of marine fishes (order Ostariophysi) comprising the sea catfishes and usually having a bony buckler from the skull to the dorsal spine — compare crucifix fish

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History and Etymology for Ariidae

borrowed from New Latin, from Arius, type genus (from the specific epithet of Pimelodus arius—now Arius arius— borrowed from a Bengali word of uncertain form) + -idae -idae

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“Ariidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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