follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

ratfish

[rat-fish] /ˈrætˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) ratfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) ratfishes.
1.
a chimaera, Hydrolagus colliei, of the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Baja California, having a ratlike tail.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; rat + fish
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples 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

ratfish

/ˈrætˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
another name for rabbitfish (sense 1)
2.
a chimaera, Hydrolagus colliei, of the North Pacific Ocean, which has a long narrow tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for ratfish

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ratfish

13
12
Scrabble Words With Friends