flying-gurnard

flying gurnard

noun
any marine fish of the family Dactylopteridae, especially Dactylopterus volitans, having greatly enlarged, colorful pectoral fins that enable it to glide short distances through the air.
Also called butterflyfish, flying robin.


Origin:
1880–85

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flying gurnard
 
n
any marine spiny-finned gurnard-like fish of the mostly tropical family Dactylopteridae, having enlarged fan-shaped pectoral fins used to glide above the surface of the sea

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