pe·​dic·​u·​late pi-ˈdi-kyə-lət How to pronounce pediculate (audio)
: of or relating to an order (Lophiiformes synonym Pediculati) of marine bony fishes (such as a batfish or goosefish) with pectoral fins at the end of an armlike process and part of the dorsal fin modified into a lure
pediculate noun

Word History


ultimately from Latin pediculus little foot, pedicel

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pediculate was in 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Pediculate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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