Definition of polypterid in English:

polypterid

noun

Zoology
  • A fish of the African freshwater family Polypteridae, having an elongated body with hard, rhombic, ganoid scales, a dorsal fin composed of a series of spines each with a finlet attached, and primitive lungs enabling it to breathe air.

adjective

Zoology
  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of the family Polypteridae.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From scientific Latin Polypterus Polypterus + -id, after Polypteridae, family name.

Pronunciation

polypterid

/pəˈlɪptərɪd/