Ariidae

plural noun

Ari·​i·​dae
əˈrīəˌdē
: 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

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ariidae. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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