follow Dictionary.com

Why is the ninth month called September?

lanternfish

[lan-tern-fish] /ˈlæn tərnˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) lanternfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) lanternfishes.
1.
any of several small, deep-sea fishes of the family Myctophidae, having rows of luminous organs along each side, certain species of which migrate to the surface at night.
Also, lantern fish.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; lantern + fish
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for lanternfish
  • As an albacore ages it feeds less on squid and more on fish such as saury, lanternfish, or rockfish.
  • Anglerfish and lanternfish both are thought to produce light to attract a mate.
  • There were also many bioluminescent organisms in the samples, including various lanternfish, jellyfish and algae.

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for lanternfish

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for lanternfish

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for lanternfish