sandfish

sandfish

[sand-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) sandfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sandfishes.
1.
either of two scaleless fishes of the family Trichodontidae, of the North Pacific, that live in sand or mud.
2.
Also called beaked salmon. a fish, Gonorhynchus gonorhynchus, inhabiting the sandy areas of the western Pacific and Indian oceans, having an angular snout with which it burrows into the sand.

Origin:
1895–1900; sand + fish

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sandfish

any of several unrelated marine fishes found along sandy shores. Sandfishes, or beaked salmon, of the species Gonorhynchus gonorhynchus (family Gonorhynchidae) live in shallow to deep Indo-Pacific waters and can burrow rapidly in sand. They are slender fishes up to 37.5 cm (15 inches) long and have pointed snouts; the mouth, preceded by a whiskerlike barbel, is underneath. These sandfishes are considered a delicacy in some areas

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