squatina

noun squat·i·na \ ˈskwätᵊnə \

Definition of squatina

1 capitalized : a genus (coextensive with the family Squatinidae) of sharks having a broadly rounded head with winglike lateral extensions and a broad flattened body that resembles that of a ray and being sometimes placed in a separate suborder but usually included in Squaloidea
2 plural -s : any shark of the genus Squatina : monkfish

squatinid

\-ᵊnə̇d\ noun or adjective

squatinoid

\-ᵊnˌȯid\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of squatina

New Latin, from Latin, angelfish


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