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  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diodon  \Di"o*don\,  n.  [Gr.  di-  =  di`s-  twice  +  ?,  ?,  a  tooth: 
  cf  F.  diodon.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  genus  of  spinose,  plectognath  fishes,  having 
  the  teeth  of  each  jaw  united  into  a  single  beaklike  plate. 
  They  are  able  to  inflate  the  body  by  taking  in  air  or 
  water,  and  hence  are  called  {globefishes}, 
  {swellfishes},  etc  Called  also  {porcupine  fishes},  and 
  {sea  hedgehogs}. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  genus  of  whales. 




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