noun a large bony marine fish with a three-lobed tail fin and fleshy pectoral fins, known only from fossils until one was found alive in 1938. [Latimeria chalumnae.]
C19: from mod. L. Coelacanthus (genus name), from Gk koilos 'hollow' + akantha 'spine' (because its fins have hollow spines).

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  • Coelacanth — Temporal range: Devonian–Recent …   Wikipedia

  • coelacanth — 1857, from Mod.L. Coelacanthus (genus name, 1839, Agassiz), from Gk. koilos hollow (from PIE root *kel ; see CELL (Cf. cell)) + akantha spine (see ACRID (Cf. acrid)). So called from the hollow fin rays supporting the tail. Known only as a fossil …   Etymology dictionary

  • Coelacanth — C[oe]l a*canth (? or ?), a. [Gr. koi^los hollow + ? spine.] (Zo[ o]l.) Having hollow spines, as some ganoid fishes …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coelacanth — ► NOUN ▪ a large bony marine fish with a three lobed tail fin, known only from fossils until one was found alive in 1938. ORIGIN from Greek koilos hollow + akantha spine (because its fins have hollow spines) …   English terms dictionary

  • coelacanth — [sē′lə kanth΄] n. [< ModL Coelacanthus < Gr koilos (see COELE) + akantha, thorn (see ACANTHO )] any of an order (Coelacanthiformes) of lobefin fishes, now extinct except for the latimeria …   English World dictionary

  • coelacanth — UK [ˈsiːləkænθ] / US [ˈsɪləˌkænθ] noun [countable] Word forms coelacanth : singular coelacanth plural coelacanths a large fish that lives in the Indian Ocean and was previously thought to be extinct (= no longer exist) …   English dictionary

  • coelacanth — coelacanthine /see leuh kan thuyn, thin/, adj. /see leuh kanth /, n. a crossopterygian fish, Latimeria chalumnae, thought to have been extinct since the Cretaceous Period but found in 1938 off the coast of southern Africa. [1605 15; < NL… …   Universalium

  • coelacanth — latimerija statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Latimeria chalumnae angl. coelacanth rus. латимерия ryšiai: platesnis terminas – latimerijos …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • coelacanth — noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek koilos hollow + akantha spine more at cave Date: 1857 any of an order (Coelacanthiformes) of lobe finned fishes known chiefly from Paleozoic and Mesozoic fossils …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • coelacanth — noun /ˈsiː.lə.kænθ/ a) Either of two species of deep water fish, Latimeria chalumnae of the Indian Ocean and L. menadoensis of Indonesia. b) Any lobe finned fish in the order Coelacanthiformes, thought until 1938 to have been extinct for 70… …   Wiktionary

  • coelacanth —  for the ocean fish famed in scientific circles for its archaic qualities. Pronounced see luh kanth …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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