Kyphosus

noun

Ky·​pho·​sus
kīˈfōsəs
: a genus that includes the Bermuda chub and is the type of the family Kyphosidae

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin, from Greek kŷphos "hump, protuberance" (derivative of kȳphós "bent forward, hunchbacked") + Latin -ōsus -ose entry 1; so called from a double hump between the mouth and dorsal fin of the type specimen, probably a deformity

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“Kyphosus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kyphosus. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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