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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Origin and Etymology of cottidae
New Latin, from Cottus, type genus + -idae
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