plural noun
Brach·​ion·​ich·​thy·​i·​dae | \ ˌbrakēəˌnikˈthīəˌdē \

Definition of Brachionichthyidae

: a family of pediculate fishes comprising the handfishes and distinguished by highly modified pectoral fins that resemble hands

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History and Etymology for Brachionichthyidae

New Latin, from Brachionichthys, type genus (from Greek brachion-, brachiōn arm + ichthys fish) + -idae

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“Brachionichthyidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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