caudal fin

the terminal vertical fin of a fish.
Also called tail fin. Unabridged
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caudal fin
the tail fin of fishes and some other aquatic vertebrates, used for propulsion during locomotion

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Example sentences
The caudal fin is deeply emarginate and the belly lacks a keel.
The caudal fin margin is essentially straight or slightly notched.
The caudal fin is often completely destroyed and the fish may become dark
Two distinct light brown spots surrounded by yellow are found at the base of
  the caudal fin.
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