plural noun
Mor·​myr·​i·​dae | \ mȯ(r)ˈmirəˌdē \

Definition of Mormyridae

: a family of African freshwater fishes (order Isospondyli) that have the gill openings reduced to small slits, small eyes usually covered with skin, and the mouth small and often situated at the end of a tubular projection — see mormyrus

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New Latin, from Mormyrus, type genus + -idae

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“Mormyridae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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