Meaning of coelacanth

coe•la•canth

Pronunciation: (sē'lu-kanth"), [key]
— n.
  1. a crossopterygian fish, Latimeria chalumnae, thought to have been extinct since the Cretaceous Period but found in 1938 off the coast of southern Africa.
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