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1Zoology and Botany. Resembling or having the form of a labrum or lip.
2Zoology. Characteristic of or resembling a labrid fish; specifically relating to or designating locomotion by means of a paddling motion of the pectoral fins.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia. From labrum + -iform.
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