<zoology> Any one of numerous species of plectognath fishes belonging to Tetrodon and allied genera. Each jaw is furnished with two large, thick, beaklike, bony teeth.

Alternative forms: tetradon.

The skin is usually spinous, and the belly is capable of being greatly distended by air or water. It includes the swellfish, puffer, and similar species.

Origin: Tetra- + Gr, tooth.

(01 Mar 1998)

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