plural noun

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

Word History


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 22 Jul. 2024.

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