bony fish


Definition of bony fish

: any of a major taxon (class Osteichthyes or superclass Teleostomi) comprising fishes (such as sturgeons, eels, mackerels, and sunfish) with a bony rather than a cartilaginous skeleton

called also teleost

— compare cartilaginous fish, jawless fish

Examples of bony fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the sea’s most notable creature may be the beluga sturgeon, a massive, bony fish that can grow as long as 24 feet and weight up to 3,500 pounds. Ashley Stimpson, Popular Mechanics, 16 Sep. 2022 And while whales are famous for their songs and sounds, almost 990 species of bony fish have been shown to actively produce sounds. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 24 July 2022 In the video, Wheaton, a veterinarian, and his board appear tiny compared to the colossal bony fish. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Dec. 2021 Sunfish are one of the heaviest bony fish in the world and can weigh up to 2.5 tons, according to National Geographic. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2021 It’s also been documented in snakes, lizards, sharks, rays, and bony fish—both in captivity and more recently in the wild. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 28 Oct. 2021 Scientists have known for years about bony fish, sharks, worms, jellies, corals, and other marine creatures that light up to attract mates, lure prey, or discombobulate predators. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 24 Aug. 2021 Sharks have more in common with human reproduction than that of bony fish, such as goldfish. Kathleen Christiansen,, 9 July 2021 More than 30 years of excavations have unearthed thousands of vertebrate fossils such as herbivorous dinosaurs and bony fish. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 27 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bony fish

1673, in the meaning defined above

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“Bony fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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