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Definition of coelacanth noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

coelacanth

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈsiːləkænθ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːləkænθ//
 
Fish
 
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a large fish found mainly in the seas near Madagascar. It was thought to be extinct until one was discovered in 1938. See related entries: Fish Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from modern Latin Coelacanthus (genus name), from Greek koilos ‘hollow’ + akantha ‘spine’ (its fins have hollow spines).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: coelacanth