Blindfish

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Blindfish A small fish (Amblyopsis spel├Žus) destitute of eyes, found in the waters of the Mammoth Cave, in Kentucky. Related fishes from other caves take the same name.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blindfish A cave-fish, one of the Amblyopsidæ, having eyes rudimentary and useless for vision. The best-known is the Amblyopsis spelæus, or blind-fish of the Mammoth Cave of Kentucky; another is Typhlichthys subterraneus. Amblyopsis spelæus attains occasionally a length of 3 to 5 inches; it has rudimentary and functionless eyes, and ventral fins small and of 4 rays each. The color is pale as if bleached. It inhabits the subterranean streams of Kentucky and Indiana, especially those in the Mammoth Cave. Typhlichthys subterraneus is a much smaller species and destitute of ventral fins. It is an occasional associate of the Amblyopsis. See cut under Amblyopsis.
    • n blindfish A myzont of the family Myxinidæ, Myxine glutinosa; the hag.
    • n blindfish Any of the several species of fishes which inhabit caves and have more or less rudimentary eyes.
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