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coelacanth

coelacanth: see lobefin; fish.
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coelacanth

[′sē·lə‚kanth]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any member of the Coelacanthiformes, an order of lobefin fishes represented by a single living genus, Latimeria.
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coelacanth

a primitive marine bony fish of the genus Latimeria (subclass Crossopterygii), having fleshy limblike pectoral fins and occurring off the coast of E Africa: thought to be extinct until a living specimen was discovered in 1938
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