• WordNet 3.6
    • n Anacanthini at least partially equivalent to the order Gadiformes in some classifications
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Anacanthini (Zoöl) A group of teleostean fishes destitute of spiny fin-rays, as the cod.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • anacanthini A group of teleostean fishes to which various limits have been assigned by ichthyologists. It is now usually rated as an order or a suborder, characterized by the spineless vertical and ventral fins, the latter jugular or thoracic when present, and the air-bladder, if developed, with no pneumatic duct. The group contains many edible fishes of the greatest economic importance, as the cod, hake, haddock, whiting, cusk, burbot, etc., among the gadoids, and the halibut, turbot, sole, plaice, flounder, etc., among the pleuronectids. It is divided by Günther into A. pleuronectoidei, characterized by having the two sides of the head unsymmetrical, and comprising the flatfishes of the family Pleuronectidæ, and A. gadoidei, having the head symmetrical. By later writers it has been restricted to the forms manifesting bilateral symmetry. By Cope and Gill it has been further limited to those types which have the hypercoracoid imperforate and the foramen between the hypercoracoid and the hypocoracoid. It thus includes the families Gadidæ and Nacruridæ. Also Anacanthi.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. 'an priv. + thorny, fr. thorn


In literature:

Teleostean suborder Anacanthini, the position of which has much varied in our classifications.
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