Pleu·​ra·​can·​thus | \ ˌplu̇rəˈkan(t)thəs \

Definition of Pleuracanthus

: a genus (the type of the family Pleuracanthidae) of Paleozoic sharks of the Carboniferous and Lower Permian of Europe and North America having a subterminal mouth, long dorsal fin, and a strong serrated spine on the nape

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New Latin, from pleur- + -acanthus

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“Pleuracanthus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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