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ganoid

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adjective gan·oid \ˈga-ˌnȯid\

Definition of ganoid

  1. :  of, having, or being fish scales consisting of bone and an outer shiny layer resembling enamel; also :  relating to or being fish with ganoid scales

Origin and Etymology of ganoid

after French Ganoïdes, order name (latinized as Ganoidei), from Greek gános “brightness, sheen, gladness, joy,” (abstract noun derivative from gánymai, ganýnai “to brighten up, be glad,” going back to Indo-European *gh2-n-u- derivative of *geh2u̯- “be glad”) + -oïdes, plural of -oïde 1-oid Indo-European *geh2u̯- “be glad” may also be the base of Latin gaudēre “to be glad” (see 1joy). The order name Ganoïdes was introduced by the elder Louis Agassiz for fish with such scales in Recherches sur les poissons fossiles (Neuchatel, 1833-43).


First Known Use: circa 1847


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ganoid

noun gan·oid

Definition of ganoid

  1. :  a fish (such as a sturgeon or gar) with ganoid scales

Origin and Etymology of ganoid

after French Ganoïdes or New Latin Ganoidei, order names — more at 1ganoid


First Known Use: circa 1839

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