batfish

[bat-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) batfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) batfishes.
1.
any of the flat-bodied, marine fishes of the family Ogcocephalidae, as Ogcocephalus vespertilio, common in the southern Atlantic coastal waters of the U.S.
2.
a stingray, Aetobatis californicus, found off the coast of California.

Origin:
1900–05; bat2 + fish

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batfish (ˈbætˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fish, -fishes
any angler of the family Ogcocephalidae, having a flattened scaleless body and moving on the sea floor by means of fleshy pectoral and pelvic fins

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batfish

any of about 60 species of fishes of the family Ogcocephalidae (order Lophiiformes), found in warm and temperate seas. Batfishes have broad, flat heads and slim bodies and are covered with hard lumps and spines. Some species have an elongated, upturned snout. Batfishes grow at most about 36 cm (14 inches) long. They are poor swimmers and usually walk on the bottom on thickened, limblike pectoral and pelvic fins. Most live in the deep sea, but some inhabit shallow water

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