scarus

noun scar·us \ˈska(a)rəs\

Definition of scarus

  1. 1 plural -es :  a parrot fish (Sparisoma cretense) of the Mediterranean of excellent table quality and highly esteemed by the ancient Romans

  2. 2 capitalized [New Latin, from Latin, parrot fish] :  the type genus of Scaridae comprising fishes with the teeth completely consolidated so that the jaws have the appearance of a bird's beak — compare parrot fish

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Origin and Etymology of scarus

Latin, from Greek skaros; probably akin to Greek skairein to skip, leap


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