plural noun
Sto·​mi·​at·​i·​dae | \ ˌstōmēˈatəˌdē \

Definition of Stomiatidae

: 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

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History and Etymology for Stomiatidae

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

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“Stomiatidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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