scor·​pae·​nid skȯr-ˈpē-nəd How to pronounce scorpaenid (audio)
: any of a family (Scorpaenidae) of marine bony fishes possessing usually venomous spines on the fins that includes the scorpion fishes, lionfishes, and rockfishes
scorpaenid adjective

Word History


ultimately from Greek skorpaina, a kind of fish

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scorpaenid was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Scorpaenid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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