plural noun
Cir·​rhit·​i·​dae | \ sə̇ˈritəˌdē \

Definition of Cirrhitidae

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

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History and Etymology for Cirrhitidae

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 14 Jul. 2020.

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