plural noun
Cot·​ti·​dae | \ ˈkätəˌdē \

Definition of Cottidae

: 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

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History and Etymology for Cottidae

New Latin, from Cottus, type genus + -idae

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“Cottidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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