plural noun

: a family of small brilliantly colored percoid fishes of the tropical Indian and Pacific oceans especially abundant about coral reefs

Word History


New Latin, from Cirrhitus, type genus (irregular from Latin cirritus having filaments, from cirrus curl) + -idae

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“Cirrhitidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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