Definition of sciaenid in English:

sciaenid

Syllabification: sci·ae·nid
Pronunciation: /sīˈēnid
 
/

noun

Zoology
A fish of the drum family (Sciaenidae), whose members are mainly marine and important for food or sport.
More example sentences
  • It is dominated by shallow water sciaenids and carcharhinid sharks.
  • He describes ‘croak’ sounds caused by pharyngeal stridulation from captive sciaenids.

Origin

early 20th century: from modern Latin Sciaenidae (plural), from the genus name Sciaena, from Greek skiaina, denoting a kind of fish.

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