plural noun
Ba·​lis·​ti·​dae | \ -təˌdē \

Definition of Balistidae

: a family of long-snouted small-eyed marine fishes having a deep compressed body and rough spinose scales, comprising the triggerfishes and sometimes the filefishes, and a few related forms consisting a suborder of Plectognathi

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History and Etymology for Balistidae

New Latin, from Balistes, type genus + -idae

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“Balistidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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