One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the extinct family Platysomidae of palaeoniscoid fishes, known from fossil remains of the Carboniferous, Permian, and Triassic periods, and generally having a deep, vertically flattened body.
A fish of the family Platysomidae.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From scientific Latin Platysomidae, family name from Platysomus, genus name + -idae.
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