dorsal fin

noun
the fin or finlike integumentary expansion generally developed on the back of aquatic vertebrates.

Origin:
1760–70

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dorsal fin
 
n
any unpaired median fin on the backs of fishes and some other aquatic vertebrates: maintains balance during locomotion

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Example sentences
It also has a thick layer of blubber and no dorsal fin so it can swim easily
  under the ice.
Each type is distinguished by dorsal fin shape, diet, and even language.
The nickname arises from its tendency to swim close to the surface, raising its
  dorsal fin above the water.
He had a weird growth along his dorsal fin, and that gape-mouth grimace you see
  in older fish.
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