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ganoid

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adjective gan·oid \ ˈga-ˌnȯid \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of ganoid

: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
Note: 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).


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ganoid

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Definition of ganoid

: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


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