from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- plural proper n. An order of fishes in which the fin rays, except the anterior ray of the pectoral and dorsal fins, are closely jointed, and not spiny. It includes the carp, pike, salmon, shad, etc. Called also Malacopteri.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A group of teleost fishes, variously limited; the soft-finned or jointed-fin fishes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an extensive group of teleost fishes having fins supported by flexible cartilaginous rays
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Furthermore, he recognized five additional orders of fish: Malacopterygii, Acanthopterygii,