See also: Xiphias
xiphias (plural xiphias)
- Synonym of
- 1700, Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London, volume 3, page 38:
- S. Malpighi having dissected the Head of a Xiphias or Sword Fish, which hath a very big Eye, observ'd that the middle of the Optick Nerve is nothing else, but a large Membrane, folded according to its length in many Doubles almost like a Fan, and invested by the Dura Mater.
- 1857, Bostock & Riley, “part 32.vi”, in Natural History, translation of original by Pliny:
- Trebius Niger informs us that […] the xiphias, or, in other words, the sword-fish, has a sharp-pointed muzzle, with which it is able to pierce the sides of a ship and send it to the bottom […]
- 23 May 1863, Prof. Huxley, “Structure and development of the vertebrate skeleton”, in The Lancet:
- In the xiphias, you observe, the enormous elongation of the head is produced by the elongation of the jaws proper – that is to say, of the pre-maxilla and nasal bones.
xiphias — see swordfish
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈksi.pʰi.aːs/, [ˈks̠ɪpʰiäːs̠]
- (modern Italianate Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈksi.fi.as/, [ˈksiːfiäs]
First-declension noun (masculine Greek-type with nominative singular in -ās).
- (swordfish): gladius
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- Translingual: Xiphias