Ostariophysi

plural noun

Os·​tar·​i·​o·​phy·​si
-īˌsī
: a large order or other division of teleost fishes (as the characin, carp, catfish) having the anterior four vertebrae strongly modified and often grown together and supporting a chain of small bones which connect the air bladder with the ear
ostariophysial
⸗¦⸗⸗⸗¦fizēəl
adjective
ostariophysine
-fīˌsīn
adjective
ostariophysous
-fīsəs
adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from ostario- (from Greek ostarion small bone, diminutive of osteon bone) + -physi (from Greek physa bellows, bladder)

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“Ostariophysi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ostariophysi. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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