plural noun

: a family of marine fishes consisting of the Moorish idols and resembling in many respects the related surgeonfishes but lacking the distinguishing spines of the latter and having above the eyes bony outgrowths resembling horns compare teuthididae

Word History


New Latin, from Zanclus, type genus + -idae

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“Zanclidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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