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siluroid

Line breaks: si¦lur|oid
Pronunciation: /sɪˈljʊərɔɪd
 
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Zoology

Definition of siluroid in English:

noun

A fish of an order (Siluriformes) that comprises the catfishes.
Example sentences
  • Large channel siluroids that feed on the characins are the second group of prized fish.
  • During their life cycles, the large characins and siluroids need to undertake long migrations in the large rivers and their main tributaries for breeding and feeding purposes.
  • Experts say catfishes, a species of siluroid, can survive even in seriously contaminated water because its gill and skin both perform the respiratory function.

adjective

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Relating to the siluroids.
Example sentences
  • Large siluroid fish are caught using a wooden double hook, the design of which is unique to South America.
  • The genus Belodontichthys dinema was proposed by Bleeker in his revision of siluroid fishes.
  • A wide spectrum of characoid, gymnotoid and siluroid families, cichlids, and poeciliids are especially well represented.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Silurus (genus name) + -oid.

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