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pipefish

[pahyp-fish] /ˈpaɪpˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) pipefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pipefishes.
1.
any elongated, marine and sometimes freshwater fish species of the family Syngnathidae, having a tubular snout and covered with bony plates.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; pipe1 + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for pipefish

pipefish

/ˈpaɪpˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
any of various teleost fishes of the genera Nerophis, Syngnathus, etc, having a long tubelike snout and an elongated body covered with bony plates: family Syngnathidae Also called needlefish
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Encyclopedia Article for pipefish

any of more than 150 species of elongated fishes allied to the sea horses, in the family Syngnathidae (order Gasterosteiformes). Pipefishes are very slender, long-bodied fishes covered, like sea horses, with rings of bony armour. They have long, tubular snouts and small mouths, a single dorsal fin, and, usually, a small tail fin. Depending on the species, they may range in length from about 2.5 to 50 cm (1 to 20 inches)

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