Triacanthidae

plural noun

Tri·​a·​can·​thi·​dae
ˌtrīəˈkan(t)thəˌdē
: a family of marine fish (suborder Balistoidea) that have a protractile upper jaw, live chiefly on sandy bottoms where they feed on mollusks, and comprise the hornfishes

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Triacantha, type genus (from tri- + acantha) + -idae

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“Triacanthidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Triacanthidae. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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