lancet fish


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lancet fish large elongate scaleless oceanic fishes with sharp teeth and a long dorsal fin that resembles a sail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n lancet fish (Zoöl) A large, elongated, scaleless, voracious, deep-sea fish (Alepidosaurus ferox), having long, sharp, lancetlike teeth and a long saillike dorsal fin.
    • lancet fish The doctor, or surgeon fish.
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In literature:

They are usually called Lancet-fish, from the curious structure of the sub-caudal spines.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King