Definition of serranid in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈranɪd/
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛrənɪd/


A fish of the sea bass family (Serranidae), whose members are predatory marine fish with a spiny dorsal fin.
Example sentences
  • The Epinephelinae serranids are comprised of about 159 species in 15 genera and are represented in all oceans.
  • The family contains about 450 species of serranids in 64 genera, including the sea basses and the groupers (subfamily Epinephelinae).
  • Serranids are amongst the most curious and inquisitive marine fishes.


Mid 20th century: from modern Latin Serranidae (plural), from the genus name Serranus, from Latin serra 'saw'.

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