tel·​e·​ost | \ ˈte-lē-ˌäst How to pronounce teleost (audio) , ˈtē- \

Definition of teleost

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Other Words from teleost

teleost adjective
teleostean \ ˌte-​lē-​ˈä-​stē-​ən How to pronounce teleost (audio) , ˌtē-​ \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web These two teleosts, or relatives of bony-tongues fish, lived between 89 and 90 million years ago. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Here Are 12 Things You Might Miss in the Smithsonian’s New Fossil Hall," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of teleost

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teleost

ultimately from Greek teleios complete, perfect (from telos end) + osteon bone — more at osseous

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The first known use of teleost was in 1863

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“Teleost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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