plural noun
Mae·​ni·​dae | \ ˈmēnəˌdē \

Definition of Maenidae

: a small family of slender percoid marine fishes including the picarels

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History and Etymology for Maenidae

New Latin, from Maena, type genus (from Latin, a kind of small sea fish, from Greek mainē) + -idae

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“Maenidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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