ag·​na·​than | \ ˈag-nə-thən How to pronounce agnathan (audio) \
plural agnathans

Definition of agnathan

: jawless fish Two jawless fishes (agnathans) are recognized in these fossils … based on differences in the shape and histology of their tubercles …— Moya Meredith Smith, Science, 18 Jan. 1991

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First Known Use of agnathan

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agnathan

agnatha + -an entry 1

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“Agnathan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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