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
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of gasterosteidae
New Latin, from Gasterosteus, type genus (from gaster- + osteus) + -idae
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up Gasterosteidae? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).