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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on Osphromenidae

What made you want to look up Osphromenidae? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!