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A fish of the perciform family Percophidae, which comprises slender deep-sea fishes having a flattened head and projecting lower jaw.
Of, relating to, or designating fishes of the family Percophidae.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Percophidae, family name from Percophis, genus name + classical Latin -idae.
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