One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the family Polyodontidae, comprising the paddlefishes, which have a large number of very small teeth.
A fish of the family Polyodontidae; a paddlefish.
1940s. From scientific Latin Polyodontidae, family name from Hellenistic Greek πολυόδους having many teeth (from ancient Greek πολυ- + ὀδοντ-, ὄδους tooth: see -odont) + scientific Latin -idae, after Polyodon, genus name.
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