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Of or relating to the family Pimelodidae, which comprises scaleless freshwater catfishes having long, slender, sensitive barbels and an adipose fin, found in South and Central America and the larger Caribbean islands.
A catfish of the family Pimelodidae.
1920s; earliest use found in Funk and Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary. From scientific Latin Pimelodus, genus name (B. G. E. de la V. de Lacépède Hist. nat. poiss V. 93; from ancient Greek πιμελώδης like fat, fatty from πιμελή fat + -ώδης) + -id.
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