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lungfish

[luhng-fish] /ˈlʌŋˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) lungfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) lungfishes.
1.
any of various slender, air-breathing fishes of the order (or subclass) Dipnoi, of rivers and lakes in Africa, South America, and Australia, having a lunglike air bladder as well as gills and growing to a length of 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters).
Origin of lungfish
1880-1885
1880-85; lung + fish
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lungfish

/ˈlʌŋˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
any freshwater bony fish of the subclass Dipnoi, having an air-breathing lung, fleshy paired fins, and an elongated body. The only living species are those of the genera Lepidosiren of South America, Protopterus of Africa, and Neoceratodus of Australia
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Word Origin and History for lungfish
n.

1883, from lung + fish (n.).

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lungfish
  (lŭng'fĭsh')   

Any of several tropical freshwater fish of the order or subclass Dipnoi that, in addition to having gills, have lunglike organs for breathing air. Lungfish have a long, narrow body, and certain species can survive periods of drought inside a mucus-lined cocoon in the mud. The lungfish and the coelacanths are the only living lobe-finned fishes.
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