One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fish of the drum family (Sciaenidae), whose members are mainly marine and important for food or sport.
- ‘It is dominated by shallow water sciaenids and carcharhinid sharks.’
- ‘He describes ‘croak’ sounds caused by pharyngeal stridulation from captive sciaenids.’
Early 20th century: from modern Latin Sciaenidae (plural), from the genus name Sciaena, from Greek skiaina, denoting a kind of fish.
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