plural noun
Chau·​li·​o·​don·​ti·​dae | \ kȯˌlīəˈdäntəˌdē, ˌkȯlēōˈd- \

Definition of Chauliodontidae

: a widely distributed family (order Isospondyli) of large-headed long-bodied deep-sea fishes with large mouths and greatly enlarged fangs

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History and Etymology for Chauliodontidae

New Latin, from Chauliodont-, Chauliodus, type genus (from Greek chauliodont-, chauliodous with projecting teeth, from chauli-—irregular from chaunos wide open, loose, foolish, from the stem of chaos space, abyss, genitive chaous—+ -odont-, -odous, from odont-, odōn tooth) + -idae

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“Chauliodontidae.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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