plural noun Scor·pid·i·dae \skȯ(r)ˈpidəˌdē\

Definition of Scorpididae

  1. :  a small family of scaly-finned percoid fishes of the Pacific ocean including the half-moon that have a deep compressed body, well-developed teeth, and a single dorsal fin

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of scorpididae

New Latin, from Scorpid-, Scorpis, type genus (from Greek skorpid-, skorpis, a kind of seafish) + -idae

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Scorpididae? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a brief usually trivial fact

Get Word of the Day daily email!