of or having growing scales with a hard glossy surface of many layers of enamel, as in many extinct and some living fishes
Origin of ganoidFrench ganoïde ; from Classical Greek ganos, brightness (prob. ; from Indo-European base an unverified form g?u-, to rejoice from source Classical Latin gaudium, joy) + -eid?s, -oid
a fish having such scales, as the sturgeons, gars, and paddlefishes
- Relating to or being a kind of fish scale that is hard and bony with a shiny surface composed of an enamel-like substance.
- Having ganoid scales.
A fish having ganoid scales, such as a gar or sturgeon.
Origin of ganoidFrom New Latin Ganoide&imacron;, former subclass name, from Greek ganos, brightness, gladness (in reference to the shiny scales of the fish included in the subclass), from ganusthai, to rejoice; see gau- in Indo-European roots.
- Having a smooth, shining surface, as if polished or enameled: specifically applied to those scales or plates of fishes which are generally of an angular form and composed of a bony or hard horny tissue overlaid with enamel.
- Having ganoid scales or plates, as a fish; specifically, of or pertaining to the Ganoidei.
Ancient Greek γάνος (ganos, “brightness, sheen”) + -oid