adjective an·cis·troid \anˈsiˌstrȯid, ˈansiˌs-\

Definition of ancistroid

  1. :  shaped like a hook :  resembling a hook

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Origin and Etymology of ancistroid

Greek ankistroeidēs, from ankistron fishhook + -eidēs -oid

First Known Use: circa 1879

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