Definition of selachian in English:

selachian

Line breaks: se¦lach|ian
Pronunciation: /sɪˈleɪkɪən
 
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Zoology

noun

  • An elasmobranch fish of a group that comprises the sharks and dogfishes.
    • The former group Selachii, subclass Elasmobranchii: now treated as one, two, or three superorders
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    • Those produced by the hypochordal lobe of the caudal fin of selachians and early bony fishes have been studied in detail.
    • Fish included many elasmobranchs as well as osteichthyes such as palaeoniscoids, dipnoi, selachians, and crossopterygians, together with the ancient acanthodians.
    • Lack of neural spine is consistent with selachians (a group of vertebrates which includes sharks and rays).

adjective

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  • Relating to the selachians.
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    • The A. alatus specimens were collected from tuffaceous fine-grained sandstones that overlay the very fossiliferous yellowish tuffs containing abundant remains of bivalves, echinoids, whale vertebrae, and selachian teeth.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin Selachii (from Greek selakhos 'shark') + -an.

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