plural noun
Os·​phro·​men·​i·​dae | \ ˌäsfrəˈmenəˌdē \

Definition of Osphromenidae

in some classifications
: a family of freshwater fishes of southeastern Asia and Africa including the gouramis and a number of favored aquarium fishes and usually included in the same family (Anabantidae) as the genus Anabas

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History and Etymology for Osphromenidae

New Latin, from Osphromenus, type genus (from Greek osphromenos, aorist participle of osphrainesthai to smell, catch the scent of) + -idae; from a resemblance of certain organs to another supposed by the namer to be an organ of smell; akin to Greek ozein to smell

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“Osphromenidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Osphromenidae. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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