plural noun
Cy·​clop·​ter·​i·​dae | \ ˌsīˌkläpˈterəˌdē \

Definition of Cyclopteridae

: a family of scorpaenid fishes having the pelvic fins absent or united and modified into a sucking disk — compare lumpfish

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Other Words from Cyclopteridae

cyclopteroid \ (ˈ)sī¦kläptəˌrȯid \ adjective or noun
cyclopterous \ -​tərəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Cyclopteridae

New Latin, from Cyclopterus, type genus (from cycl- + -pterus) + -idae

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“Cyclopteridae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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