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[bat-fish] /ˈbætˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) batfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) batfishes.
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.
a stingray, Aetobatis californicus, found off the coast of California.
Origin of batfish
1900-05; bat2 + fish Unabridged
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  • batfish can walk over the bottom on their pectoral and pelvic fins.
  • In this lesson, students will create a piece of original art after discussing the properties of the polka dot batfish.
British Dictionary definitions for batfish


noun (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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