elops

noun
\ ˈeˌläps, ˈēˌ- \

Definition of elops

1 plural elops or elopses, obsolete : a marine animal sometimes identified as the sturgeon also : sea serpent
2 capitalized [New Latin, from Latin] : a genus (the type of the family Elopidae) of fishes of the order Isospondyli that are related to the tarpons and contain the ten-pounder (E. saurus)

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History and Etymology for elops

Latin, from Greek ellops, elops, a fish; perhaps akin to Greek lepis scale

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“Elops.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elops. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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