• WordNet 3.6
    • n ganoid primitive fishes having thick bony scales with a shiny covering
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ganoid (Zoöl) Of or pertaining to Ganoidei.n. One of the Ganoidei.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ganoid 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. See cut under scale.
    • ganoid Having ganoid scales or plates, as a fish; specifically, of or pertaining to the Ganoidei: as, a ganoid fauna.
    • n ganoid One of the Ganoidei; a fish of the order Ganoidei. Also ganoidean, ganoidian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ganoid gän′oid belonging to an order of fishes once very large, but now decadent, including only seven genera (sturgeons, &c.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. brightness + -oid,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. ganos, brightness, eidos, appearance.


In literature:

The Ganoids and Dipneusts dwindle, and give birth to their few modern representatives.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
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
Ganoid fishes, preservation in fresh water.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
DURA DEN, a glen near Cupar-Fife, famous for the number of ganoid fossil fishes entombed in its sandstone.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
An order of Ganoid Fishes.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
Thus the oldest fish were most like our present ganoids and sharks, though differing much from both.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
The Fishes of the Jurassic sea were exceedingly numerous, but were all of the Ganoid and Selachian tribes.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, August, 1863, No. 70" by Various
There are ganoids in the river, but no sturgeons proper.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
The all but entire disappearance of the ganoids from creation is surely a curious and not unsuggestive circumstance.
"The Testimony of the Rocks" by Hugh Miller
On this, as on other occasions, I was struck by the complex and very various forms assumed by the ganoid scales of the Wealden.
"The Cruise of the Betsey" by Hugh Miller
The ganoids of which the sturgeon and garpike are examples, with heavy plates or scales.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
From these the ganoids and then the lung-bearing mudfish must have been gradually developed.
"Charles Darwin" by Grant Allen
This latter class (including in its highest division frogs and toads) is plainly allied to the Ganoid fishes.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)" by Charles Darwin
DIPLACAN'THUS, a genus of ganoid fishes, found only in the Old Red Sandstone.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
This is especially the case with the Ganoids and the Dipnoi.
"The Chain of Life in Geological Time" by Sir J. William Dawson
AMPHIBIA, affinity of, to the ganoid fishes, i.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
There are seven living kinds of ganoid fish and all are found in fresh water.
"Fast Nine" by Alan Douglas
In young ganoid fishes preoral cement organs occur.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
The teeth of the Devonian ganoids show a complicated folded structure.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
The following are the more important facts which are known about the generative and urinary ducts of Ganoids.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour