razor fish

razorfish

[rey-zer-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) razorfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) razorfishes.
any of several wrasses of the genus Hemipteronatus having a compressed, sharp-edged head, as H. novacula (pearly razorfish) of the West Indies and the Mediterranean Sea.

Origin:
1595–1605; razor + fish

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razor fish

any of four species of small, tropical marine fishes of the family Centriscidae (order Gasterosteiformes), found in the Indo-Pacific. The name razor fish derives from the shrimpfishes' characteristic sharp-edged belly. Shrimpfishes are nearly transparent, long-snouted, shrimplike fishes, flattened from side to side and covered with a cuirass of fused, transparent armour plates. The armour ends in a long spine (one of the dorsal fin spines), beneath which are the tail and the rest of the dorsal fins.

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