protopterus

noun pro·top·ter·us \-rəs\

Definition of protopterus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of dipnoan fishes of the rivers and swamps of central and western Africa that reach a length of six feet, that bury themselves in the mud during the dry season, that are closely related to lepidosirens but have a stouter body and five branchial clefts and differently constructed paired fins, and that are sometimes placed in a separate family but are usually placed in the same family as Lepidosiren

  2. 2 plural -es :  any fish of the genus Protopterus

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Origin and Etymology of protopterus

New Latin, from prot- + -pterus


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