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

Definition of Gasterosteidae 

: 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

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Other Words from Gasterosteidae

gasterosteiform \ˌgastəˈrästēəˌfȯrm \ adjective
gasterosteoid \-​stēˌȯid \ adjective

History and Etymology for Gasterosteidae

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

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