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 million years.

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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 —  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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