plural noun

: a small family of cartilaginous fishes closely related to the skates and rays but having the body elongated rather than flattened and distinguished by a snout elongated into a flat blade with teeth along each side and comprising the economically important sawfishes of warm seas and estuaries some of which are reputed to exceed 20 feet in length

Word History


New Latin, from Pristis, type genus + -idae

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“Pristidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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