plural noun

: 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

Word History


New Latin, from Balistes, type genus + -idae

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“Balistidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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