One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fish of the sea bream family ("Sparidae"), whose members are marine and have deep bodies with long spiny dorsal fins.
- ‘The diet of the lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, collected from the Bahamas, is dominated by inner neritic fish, like sparids, lutjanids and gerreids.’
- ‘We used the two satellite DNA families of the sparid species for phylogenetic inference of the group.’
- ‘Crossbreading of some sparid species was performed in order to select some hybrids with desirable characteristics.’
- ‘According to Domain, the sparid community is composed of species with a preference for cold waters.’
1960s: from modern Latin Sparidae (plural), via Latin from Greek sparos ‘sea bream’.
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