plural noun
Scle·​ro·​pa·​rei | \ ˌsklirōpəˈrēˌī, -ler- \

Definition of Scleroparei

: 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

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History and Etymology for Scleroparei

New Latin, from scler- + Greek pareia cheek

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“Scleroparei.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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