Atherinidae

plural noun Ath·er·in·i·dae

Definition of Atherinidae

  1. :  a family of small spiny-finned fishes of both salt and fresh water, all having a silvery band along the sides sometimes underlaid by black pigment — see silversides

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of atherinidae

New Latin, from Atherina, type genus + -idae


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Atherinidae? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!