Scyphophori

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Scyphophori (Zoöl) An order of fresh-water fishes inhabiting tropical Africa. They have rudimentary electrical organs on each side of the tail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scyphophori In ichthyology, an order of physostomous fishes with a precoracoid arch, no coronoid or symplectic bone, the pterotic annular and including a cavity closed by a special bone, parietals distinct, and vertebræ simple. The name refers to the pterotic cavity. The group contains the families Mormyridæ and Gymnarchidæ.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. sky`fos a cup + fe`rein to bear