Definition of bony fish in English:

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bony fish

Pronunciation: /ˈbōnē fiSH/


A fish of a large class distinguished by a skeleton of bone, and comprising the majority of modern fishes. Compare with cartilaginous fish.
Example sentences
  • By the late Devonian, 360 million years ago, early cartilaginous fish and bony fish were diversifying.
  • Dr Tyler says there is some agreement that the common ancestor was a bony fish (class Osteichthyes).
  • These advances culminated in the modern bony fish, or teleosts, which show a tremendous diversity of mouth parts and feeding specializations.

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Syllabification: bon·y fish

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