Stromateidae

plural noun Stro·ma·te·i·dae \ˌstrōməˈtēəˌdē\

Definition of Stromateidae

  1. :  a large family of chiefly small marine fishes (such as the harvest fish and the dollarfish) having a short compressed body, smooth scales, feeble spines, and a series of toothlike processes in the esophagus behind the pharyngeal bones that with a few related forms constitutes a distinct suborder of Percomorphi

stromateoid

\strəˈmatēˌȯid\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of stromateidae

New Latin, from Stromateus, type genus (from Greek strōmateus bed covering, a fish marked with patchwork colors, from strōmat-, strōma bed covering) + -idae


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