plural noun

: 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

Word History


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 17 Jun. 2024.

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