plural noun Gas·ter·o·ste·idae \ˌgastərōˈstēəˌdē\

Definition of Gasterosteidae

  1. :  a family of small spiny-finned freshwater or salt-water fishes that consists of the sticklebacks and constitutes with related forms a suborder of Scleroparei or is placed with the cornetfishes and pipefishes in the order Solenichthyes


\ˌgastəˈrästēəˌfȯrm\ adjective


\-stēˌȯid\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of gasterosteidae

New Latin, from Gasterosteus, type genus (from gaster- + osteus) + -idae

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