plural noun

: a large and economically important order of spiny-finned fishes comprising the scorpion fishes, greenlings, sculpins, gurnards, and related forms that are distinguished by a process of the third suborbital plate extending backward to or toward the preopercle compare mail-cheeked

Word History


New Latin, from scler- + Greek pareia cheek

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“Scleroparei.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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