lep·​to·​ceph·​a·​lus ˌlep-tə-ˈse-fə-ləs How to pronounce leptocephalus (audio)
plural leptocephali ˌlep-tə-ˈse-fə-ˌlī How to pronounce leptocephalus (audio)
: a long thin small-headed transparent pelagic first larva of various eels

Word History


New Latin, from Greek leptos + kephalē head — more at cephalic

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leptocephalus was in 1769

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“Leptocephalus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leptocephalus. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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