drepane

noun

drep·​a·​ne
ˈdrepə(ˌ)nē
1
capitalized : a genus (coextensive with a family Drepanidae) of compressed percoid food fishes comprising a single species (D. punctata) and having a protrusible mouth that when extended forms a tubular downward projection
2
plural -s : any fish of the genus Drepane

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek drepanē sickle; probably from the shape of its pectoral fins

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“Drepane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drepane. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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