One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of the family Palaeoniscidae of extinct palaeoniscoid fishes; (more widely) = palaeoniscoid.
A fish of the family Palaeoniscidae; (more widely) = palaeoniscoid.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Archibald Geikie (1835–1924), geologist and historian. From scientific Latin Palaeoniscidae, family name (attributed to Vogt 1852) from scientific Latin Palaeoniscus, genus name (L. Agassiz Recherches sur les Poissons Fossiles II. v. 41; from palaeo- + Hellenistic Greek ὀνίσκος a sea fish of the cod type from ὄνος ass, fish of the cod family + -ίσκος, diminutive suffix) + -idae.
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