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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-uh n-thop-tuh-rij-ee-uh n]
    • /ˌæk ənˌθɒp təˈrɪdʒ i ən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-uh n-thop-tuh-rij-ee-uh n]
    • /ˌæk ənˌθɒp təˈrɪdʒ i ən/

Definitions of acanthopterygian word

  • adjective acanthopterygian of, relating to, or belonging to the Acanthopterygii, a large group of teleost fishes having spiny fin rays. The group includes most saltwater bony fishes 3
  • noun acanthopterygian any fish belonging to the Acanthopterygii 3
  • noun acanthopterygian any percoid fishes, as the basses or perches 3
  • adjective acanthopterygian belonging or pertaining to the Acanthopterygii (Acanthopteri), the group of spiny-finned fishes, including the bass and perch. 1
  • noun acanthopterygian an acanthopterygian fish. 1
  • noun acanthopterygian (zoology) Any fish of the superorder Acanthopterygii.(First attested in the mid 19th century.)Brown, Lesley, ed. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 5th. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. 1

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Origin of acanthopterygian

First appearance:

before 1825
One of the 37% newest English words
1825-35; < New Latin Acanthopterygi(i) (acantho- acantho- + Greek pterýgi(on) small wing, fin + Latin -ī masculine plural ending) + -an

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acanthopterygian popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 54% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Antonyms for acanthopterygian

noun acanthopterygian

  • malacopterygian — belonging or pertaining to the Malacopterygii (Malacopteri), a group of soft-finned, teleost fishes.

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