plural noun

: 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

Word History


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

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“Scorpididae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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