Istiophorus

noun

Is·​ti·​oph·​o·​rus
ˌistēˈäfərəs
: a small but widely distributed genus of fishes comprising the sailfishes (see sailfish sense 1) and being type of the family Istiophoridae

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, irregular from Greek histion sail + New Latin -phorus; akin to Greek histanai to cause to stand

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“Istiophorus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Istiophorus. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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