plural noun Ari·i·dae \əˈrīəˌdē\

Definition of Ariidae

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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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