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 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 Also known as the rock sturgeon, the lake sturgeon is one of 27 species of sturgeon, a family of bony fish that found around the world that first appears in the fossil record more than 200 million years ago. National Geographic, 25 Feb. 2020 Mermen, unicorns and the hoodwinker The hoodwinker is one of five different species of sunfish, which include the world’s heaviest bony fish. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2020 Otoliths are the hard structures located behind the brain of bony fishes, according to the FWC. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 12 Jan. 2020 Today there are more than 10,000 bird species, making them the second most speciose class of vertebrate creatures alive, outnumbered only by the bony fish. Kate Wong, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2019 Not only did the team detect the eDNA of most of the bony fish groups resident in the tank, but the method also pinpointed the DNA from the food species fed to those animals. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, The Mercury News, 11 Aug. 2019 As the sharks tear the 8-foot swordfish apart, a large bony fish known as a wreckfish creeps out from behind the researchers' remotely controlled vehicle and grabs a shark in its mouth. Fox News, 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of bony fish

1673, in the meaning defined above

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