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holocephalan

Definition:

a fish with high compressed head and a body tapering off into a long tail

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plurals:

holocephalan* | holocephalans
(* holocephalan may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

chimera

Synonyms:

holocephalian

Definition references  (+images)

Wiktionary:

holocephalan [zoology] | holocephalans [plural]

Any cartilaginous fish of the subclass Holocephali; the chimeras (9 of 11 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/holocephalan

Wikipedia:

Holocephali

a taxon of cartilaginous fish, of which the order Chimaeriformes is the only surviving group. Holocephali has an extensive fossil record that starts during the Devonian period. However, most fossils are teeth, and the body forms of numerous species are... (40 of 366 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Holocephali

Britannica Encyclopedia:

chondrichthian [fish class] | Cetorhinus maximus [species] | Galeorhinus galeus [species]

any member of the diverse group of cartilaginous fishes that includes the sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras. The class is one of the two great ... (25 of 896 words, 9 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/114261​/chondrichthian

Collins Dictionary:

cartilaginous fish | chondrichthyan [zoology, technical]

any fish of the class "Chondrichthyes", including the sharks, skates, and rays, having a skeleton composed entirely of cartilage (19 of 278 words, 1 usage example)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cartilaginous-fish

Oxford Dictionary:

cartilaginous fish

a fish of a class distinguished by having a skeleton of cartilage rather than bone, including the sharks, rays, and chimaeras. | Class Chondrichthyes: ... (23 of 54 words, 2 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cartilaginous-fish

Merriam-Webster:

cartilaginous fish

any of a class (Chondrichthyes) of fishes (as a shark, ray, or chimaera) having the skeleton wholly or largely composed of cartilage (22 of 47 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cartilaginous fish

American Heritage Dictionary:

cartilaginous fish

A fish whose skeleton consists mainly of cartilage, especially a member of the class Chondrichthyes, such as a shark, skate, or ray. (22 of 25 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cartilaginous-fish

Random House Dictionary:

chondrichthian

any member of the class Chondrichthyes, comprising the cartilaginous fishes. (10 of 15 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/chondrichthian

Encarta Dictionary:

cartilaginous fish | cartilaginous fishes [plural] | Chondrichthyes [member of]

a fish with a skeleton made entirely of cartilage. Shark, rays, and ratfish are cartilaginous fish. Class Chondrichthyes. (18 of 35 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861687220​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio reference

the Free Dictionary:

holocephalan

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "holocephalan"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "holocephalan"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/holocephalan

holocephalian

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "holocephalian"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "holocephalian"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/holocephalian

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