crossopterygian

noun
cros·​sop·​ter·​yg·​ian | \ ˌkrȯ-ˌsäp-tə-ˈri-j(ē-)ən How to pronounce crossopterygian (audio) \

Definition of crossopterygian

: any of a subclass (Crossopterygii) of bony fishes (such as a coelacanth) that have paired fins suggesting limbs, that may be ancestral to the terrestrial vertebrates, and that are mostly extinct

called also lobe-fin

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crossopterygian adjective

First Known Use of crossopterygian

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crossopterygian

New Latin Crossopterygii, subclass name, from Greek krossoi fringe + pterygion, diminutive of pteryg-, pteryx wing, fin; akin to Greek pteron wing — more at feather

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“Crossopterygian.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crossopterygian. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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