plural noun

: a family (order Synentognathi) of marine fishes that are closely related to the half-beaks and include all the true flying fishes

Word History


New Latin, from Exocoetus, type genus (from Latin, fish that sleeps on the shore, from Greek exōkoitos, from exō outside + koitos resting place, bed, from keist to lie) + -idae

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“Exocoetidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Exocoetidae. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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