plural noun
Squa·​loi·​dea | \ skwāˈlȯidēə \

Definition of Squaloidea

1 : a suborder of Pleurotremata comprising those sharks (such as the spiny dogfishes) that have a compressed or rounded body but in some respects (as in adaptation to bottom-dwelling habits) approach the skates and rays — compare galeoidea , notidanoidea
2 in some classifications : a suborder or other division of elasmobranch fishes comprising the typical sharks — compare squatina

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New Latin, from Squalus + -oidea

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“Squaloidea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Squaloidea. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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