bristlemouth

bristlemouth

[bris-uhl-mouth]
noun, plural (especially collectively) bristlemouth (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) bristlemouths [bris-uhl-mouthz, -mouths] .
any of several small, deep-sea fishes of the family Gonostomatidae, having numerous sharp, slender teeth covering the jaws.

Origin:
bristle + mouth

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To bristlemouth
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

bristlemouth

(family Gonostomatidae), any of the approximately 25 species of marine fishes (order Stomiiformes), occurring in tropical regions of the major oceans and characterized by luminescent organs on the undersides of their bodies. They inhabit extreme depths and are often referred to as deep-sea bristlemouths.

Learn more about bristlemouth with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;