plural noun

: a large, economically important, and widely distributed family of carnivorous percoid fishes comprising the croakers, being nearly all marine along the sandy shores of warm temperate seas, usually having the air bladder large and complicated and used to produce a sound, and including various large fishes valued as food see sciaena

Word History


New Latin, from Sciaena, type genus + -idae

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“Sciaenidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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