plural noun
Sci·​ae·​ni·​dae | \ -nəˌdē \

Definition of Sciaenidae

: 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

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History and Etymology for Sciaenidae

New Latin, from Sciaena, type genus + -idae

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“Sciaenidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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