oar-fish

oarfish

[awr-fish, ohr-]
noun, plural (especially collectively) oarfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) oarfishes.
any long, ribbon-shaped, silvery fish of the genus Regalecus, of deep tropical waters, having a red dorsal fin along the spine that rises to a crest, and reaching a length of 30 feet (9 meters).
Also called ribbonfish.


Origin:
1855–60; oar + fish

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oarfish (ˈɔːˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fish, -fishes
Also called: king of the herrings a very long ribbonfish, Regalecus glesne, with long slender ventral fins
 
[C19: referring to the flattened oarlike body]

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