Definition of Tiktaalik in English:

Tiktaalik

Pronunciation /ˌtikˈtälik/ /ˌtɪkˈtɑlɪk/

noun

  • A fossil fish of the late Devonian period, considered significant to the evolution of land animals because it has many features resembling those of amphibians. Tiktaalik has a mobile neck and robust ribcage, bones in the front fin resembling wrist bones, and a broad skull with nostril-like openings.

    Genus Tiktaalik, class Sarcopterygii

Origin

Early 21st century Inuit, literally burbot (the first specimens were discovered in Nunavut, an Inuit territory in northern Canada).