Ganoid meaning

gănoid
Relating to or being a kind of fish scale that is hard and bony with a shiny surface composed of an enamel-like substance.
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Having ganoid scales.
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A fish having ganoid scales, such as a gar or sturgeon.
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Of or having growing scales with a hard glossy surface of many layers of enamel, as in many extinct and some living fishes.
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A fish having such scales, as the sturgeons, gars, and paddlefishes.
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Origin of ganoid

  • From New Latin Ganoideī 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 gāu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition