batfish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n batfish bottom-dweller of warm western Atlantic coastal waters having a flattened scaleless body that crawls about on fleshy pectoral and pelvic fins
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Batfish (Zoöl) A name given to several species of fishes:
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n batfish A fish of the family Maltheidæ (which see). The best-known species is Malthe vespertilio. It has a heart-shaped trunk, produced anteriorly in a prolonged snout, a short coniform tail, a small inferior mouth, and a rostral tentacle under the snout. It inhabits the Atlantic along the southern coast of the United States.
    • n batfish A name of the flying-fish or flying-robin, Cephalacanthus volitans.
    • n batfish Monodactylus argenteus, of the family Scorpididæ, a silvery fish with the body deeper than long. The name alludes to the high fins.
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