plural noun

: a family of small usually brightly colored marine percoid fishes having only two spines in the anal fin and comprising the damselfishes of tropical coral reefs
adjective or noun

Word History


New Latin, from Pomacentrus, type genus (from Greek pōmat-, pōma lid, cover + kentron sharp point) + -idae; akin to Skr pāti he protects

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“Pomacentridae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pomacentridae. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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