silurus

noun
si·​lu·​rus | \ sə̇ˈlu̇rəs, sīˈ- \

Definition of silurus

1 capitalized : the type genus of Siluridae containing the sheatfish and several other Old World catfishes
2 plural -es : any fish of the genus Silurus

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for silurus

New Latin, from Latin, a large river fish, from Greek silouros, from sil- (of unknown origin) + oura tail; akin to Greek orrhos buttocks

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About silurus

Statistics for silurus

Cite this Entry

“Silurus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silurus. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!