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pectoral fin

noun
1.
(in fishes) either of a pair of fins usually situated behind the head, one on each side, and corresponding to the forelimbs of higher vertebrates.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70
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Examples from the web for pectoral fin
  • We are also currently investigating underestimation of fish aging using pectoral fin-rays.
  • The pectoral fin is short and does not reach the nostril when bent forward beside the head.
  • The short, rounded pectoral fin does not reach the nostril when bent forward along the head.
  • Fish attributes were recorded and a pectoral fin ray was removed for aging.
  • Short lateral line, not exceeding the length of the pectoral fin.
  • Breeding males develop reddish patches, particularly on the pectoral fin bases.
British Dictionary definitions for pectoral fin

pectoral fin

noun
1.
either of a pair of fins, situated just behind the head in fishes, that help to control the direction of movement during locomotion
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