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[rat-fish] /ˈrætˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) ratfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) ratfishes.
a chimaera, Hydrolagus colliei, of the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Baja California, having a ratlike tail.
Origin of ratfish
1880-85, Americanism; rat + fish Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ratfish
  • It has the shape of a ratfish brain, including the various sections of a ratfish brain.
  • Many other kinds of fish including stingrays, eagle rays, and ratfish also lived in the sea.
British Dictionary definitions for ratfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
another name for rabbitfish (sense 1)
a chimaera, Hydrolagus colliei, of the North Pacific Ocean, which has a long narrow tail
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