noun Ba·lis·tes \bəˈli(ˌ)stēz\

Definition of Balistes

  1. :  the type genus of Balistidae

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Origin and Etymology of balistes

New Latin, from Latin balista, ballista; from the way in which the first spine snaps down when pressure is applied on the second spine — more at ballista

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a trip made at another's expense

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