plural noun
Spar·​i·​dae | \ -rəˌdē \

Definition of Sparidae

: 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

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History and Etymology for Sparidae

New Latin, from Sparus, type genus + -idae

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“Sparidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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