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cutlassfish

[kuht-luh s-fish] /ˈkʌt ləsˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) cutlassfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cutlassfishes.
1.
any compressed, ribbonlike fish of the genus Trichiurus, having daggerlike teeth.
Also, cutlass fish.
Also called frostfish.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; cutlass + fish
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cutlass fish

noun
1.
(US) another name for hairtail
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Encyclopedia Article for cutlass fish

any of several species of fishes in the family Trichiuridae (order Perciformes). All species are marine; representatives occur in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Cutlass fishes have a distinctive appearance with a long, eellike body and a short dorsal fin that extends the length of the back. The tail is greatly reduced in size, characteristically tapering to a point. They are carnivorous, feeding primarily on other fishes, and have enlarged mouths and sharp, pointed teeth. One species (Trichiurus lepturus) attains a maximum length of 1.5 m (5 feet). The family consists of about 6 genera and 20 species

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