\ ˈōˌdaks \

Definition of Odax

: a genus of marine fishes of Australian and New Zealand seas that resemble sparid fishes but have a jaw with the front margin modified into a sharp cutting edge that replaces teeth — see odacidae

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History and Etymology for Odax

New Latin, from Greek, adverb, by biting, irregular (influence of odous tooth), from the stem of daknein to bite

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“Odax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Odax. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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