Ostracion

noun

Os·​tra·​ci·​on
äˈstrās(h)ēˌän
: a genus of boxfishes that is the type of the family Ostraciontidae, is now restricted to forms found chiefly in East Indian waters, and is characterized by a carapace of more or less quadrangular section

Word History

Etymology

New Latin Ostraciont-, Ostracion, irregular from Greek ostrakion small shell, diminutive of ostrakon shell

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“Ostracion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ostracion. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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