plural noun

: 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
adjective or noun

Word History


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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“Stromateidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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