Polypterus

noun Po·lyp·ter·us \pəˈliptərəs\

Definition of Polypterus

  1. :  the type genus of Polypteridae that comprises primitive fishes of the larger rivers of tropical Africa having an elongate body covered with rhombic enameled scales, a dorsal fin reduced to a series of finlets, pectoral fins taking the form of a rounded lobe supported on a short arm, and an air bladder functioning as an accessory breathing organ — see bichir, erpetoichthys

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Origin and Etymology of polypterus

New Latin, from Greek polypteros many-winged, from poly- + -pteros -winged (from pteron wing, feather — more at feather


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