from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various mostly extinct fishes of the order Coelacanthiformes, known only in fossil form until a single living species, Latimeria chalumnae of African marine waters, was identified in 1938.
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- n. Either of two species of deep-water fish, Latimeria chalumnae of the Indian Ocean and L. menadoensis of Indonesia.
- n. Any lobe-finned fish in the order Coelacanthiformes, thought until 1938 to have been extinct for 70 million years.
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- n. fish thought to have been extinct since the Cretaceous period but found in 1938 off the coast of Africa
New Latin Coelacanthus, former genus name : Greek koilos, hollow; see -coel + Greek akantha, spine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek κοῖλος (koilos, "hollow") + ἄκανθα (akantha, "spine"). (Wiktionary)