homocercal

adjective

ho·​mo·​cer·​cal ˌhō-mə-ˈsər-kəl How to pronounce homocercal (audio)
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1
of a fish tail fin : having the upper and lower lobes approximately symmetrical and the vertebral column ending at or near the middle of the base
2
: having or relating to a homocercal tail fin

Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of homocercal was in 1838

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“Homocercal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homocercal. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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