Holocephali

plural noun Hol·o·ceph·a·li \¦hälō¦sefəˌlī, ¦hōl-\

Definition of Holocephali

  1. :  a subclass of Chondrichthyes that is sometimes made a separate class, includes the recent chimaeras and certain chiefly extinct related fishes some of which date from Devonian time, and is distinguished by a cartilaginous skeleton, gill clefts covered by a fold of skin, high compressed head with small narrow mouth and the dentition reduced to broad flat plates, and a body tapering off into a long tail

holocephalous

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of holocephali

New Latin, from hol- + -cephali


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