One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fish of an order ("Siluriformes" ) that comprises the catfishes.
- ‘Large channel siluroids that feed on the characins are the second group of prized fish.’
- ‘Experts say catfishes, a species of siluroid, can survive even in seriously contaminated water because its gill and skin both perform the respiratory function.’
- ‘During their life cycles, the large characins and siluroids need to undertake long migrations in the large rivers and their main tributaries for breeding and feeding purposes.’
- ‘He published over 120 papers on diverse groups of fishes and topics (characids, gobiids, blennioids, dactyloscopids, ophidioids, siluroids, and anguilloids).’
Relating to the siluroids.
- ‘Large siluroid fish are caught using a wooden double hook, the design of which is unique to South America.’
- ‘The genus Belodontichthys dinema was proposed by Bleeker in his revision of siluroid fishes.’
- ‘From the want of symmetry in the base of the specimen, I suppose it to have been the pectoral spine of some huge siluroid fish.’
- ‘A wide spectrum of characoid, gymnotoid and siluroid families, cichlids, and poeciliids are especially well represented.’
Mid 19th century: from Silurus (genus name) + -oid.
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