plural noun

: a large and widely distributed family of deep-bodied marine percoid fishes including the porgies, scups, and sheepsheads that are related to the grunts and snappers but have some of the teeth along the sides of the jaw transformed into large blunt molars see sea bream

Word History


New Latin, from Sparus, type genus + -idae

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“Sparidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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