Definition of bichir in English:

bichir

Syllabification: bich·ir
Pronunciation: /ˈbiCHər
 
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noun

  • An elongated African freshwater fish with an armor of hard shiny scales and a series of separate fins along its back.
    • Genus Polypterus, family Polypteridae: several species, including P. senegalus
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    • Within the Chondrostei, only sturgeons, bichirs and paddlefishes survive today, and many are threatened.
    • All palaeoniscoids were extinct by the end of the Mesozoic, leaving only a few distant, primitive relatives alive today - the sturgeons, paddlefish, and bichirs.
    • Today lungs are found not only in land vertebrates but also in a few obscure fish lineages, such as gar, bichir, and lungfish.

Origin

1960s: via French from dialect Arabic abu shīr.

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