One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Zoology, Botany, and Medicine= pediculated.
2Zoology. Of or relating to the order Pediculati of fishes (now usually called Lophiiformes), containing the anglerfishes, members of which are characterized by pectoral fins having an armlike base of elongated radials. Now rare.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Huxley (1825–1895), biologist and science educationist. From classical Latin pediculus pedicle + -ate.
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