plural noun

: a family of fishes (order Scleroparei) comprising the sculpins and related forms all of which have a tapering body, wide mouth, and large head and occur in fresh and salt water in the cold and temperate parts of the northern hemisphere

Word History


New Latin, from Cottus, type genus + -idae

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“Cottidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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