Definition of Osteichthyes
in some classifications
: a class or other category of fishes including the lungfishes, crossopterygians, teleosts, and especially formerly the arthrodires and ostracoderms and distinguished from other forms resembling fish by the presence of true bone in their skeleton — compare chondrichthyes
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Origin and Etymology of osteichthyes
New Latin, from oste- + Greek ichthyes, plural of ichthys fish
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