plural noun

: a small family of sluggish spiny bottom-dwelling marine fishes (order Pediculati) with broad flat head and body, slender tapering tail, small mouth and feeble teeth, a short illicium, and jugular pelvic fins resembling limbs by means of which they crawl about see batfish

Word History


New Latin, from Ogcocephalus, type genus + -idae

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“Ogcocephalidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ogcocephalidae. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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