Lepidosiren

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lepidosiren (Zoöl) An eel-shaped ganoid fish of the order Dipnoi, having both gills and lungs. It inhabits the rivers of South America. The name is also applied to a related African species (Protopterus annectens). The lepidosirens grow to a length of from four to six feet. Called also doko.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lepidosiren A genus of dipnoan fishes, typical of the family Lepidosirenidæ and subfamily Lepidosireninæ, of an elongate form, as in the amphibian genus Siren, but with a scaly body. Formerly the Protopterus annectens of Africa was included in this genus, and the name lepidosiren is still loosely applied to that fish, though it is more properly restricted to the South American form for which the genus was originally instituted. L. paradoxa is the South American mudfish, about 3 feet long, found in the Amazon. Amphibichthys is a synonym.
    • n lepidosiren A member of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lepidosiren lep-i-do-sī′ren one of the Amazon mud-fishes or Dipnoi.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. lepi`s -i`dos, a scale + seirh`n a siren
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. lepis, a scale, Eng. siren.

Usage

In literature:

From these primitive fishes were evolved higher fishes of the ganoid type and others of the type of Lepidosiren (Dipneusta).
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
Lepidosiren, reason for preservation of.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
I fear it is a tadpole, but I keep the specimen lest it should be a Lepidosiren.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Lepidosirens are caught by the neck and lifted out of the pot to show their fatness.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
The Lepidosiren, also, is placed mid-way between reptiles and fishes.
"Mythical Monsters" by Charles Gould
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