Ky·​pho·​sus | \ kīˈfōsəs \

Definition of Kyphosus

: a genus that includes the Bermuda chub and is the type of the family Kyphosidae

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History and Etymology for Kyphosus

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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