One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the order Myctophiformes (subclass Actinopterygii), which comprises marine fishes having a slender body, a single dorsal fin, and a forked tail, and which includes the lanternfishes.
A fish belonging to the order Myctophiformes.
1960s; earliest use found in Systematic Zoology. From scientific Latin Myctophiformes, order name (attributed to C. T. Regan, 1913) from Myctophum, genus name + -formes, plural of -formis.
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