plural noun

: a family of small freshwater and brackish-water fishes of southeastern Asia and the Philippines that are of very uncertain systematic position and are sometimes isolated in a suborder of Percomorphi and regarded as related to the Atherinidae or are made a separate order and held to have affinities chiefly with the Microcyprini

Word History


New Latin, from Phallostethus, type genus (from phall- + Greek stēthos breast) + -idae

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“Phallostethidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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