plural noun

: a family of small slender usually scaleless deep-sea fishes having a short head that bears an enormous mouth full of long powerful teeth and a highly distensible stomach and with living and extinct related fishes forming a suborder of the order Isospondyli compare dragonfish

Word History


New Latin, irregular from Stomias, type genus (irregular from Greek stoma mouth) + -idae

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“Stomiatidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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