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ribbonfish

[rib-uh n-fish] /ˈrɪb ənˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) ribbonfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) ribbonfishes.
1.
any of several marine fishes of the families Trachipteridae, Regalicidae, and Lophotidae, having a long, compressed, ribbonlike body.
2.
any of several related fishes, as the oarfish.
3.
any of several unrelated but similar fishes, as the cutlassfish and jackknife-fish.
Also called snakefish.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; ribbon + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for ribbon-fish

ribbonfish

/ˈrɪbənˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
any of various soft-finned deep-sea teleost fishes, esp Regalecus glesne (see oarfish), that have an elongated compressed body. They are related to the opah and dealfishes
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Encyclopedia Article for ribbon-fish

ribbonfish

any of several species of deep-sea, marine fishes constituting the family Trachipteridae (order Lampridiformes). The family contains three genera: Trachipteras, Desmodema, and Zu. These slender-bodied fishes occur in all the major oceans. The name ribbonfish comes from the long, stringlike dorsal fin that originates behind the head and waves like a ribbon as the fish swims. Ribbonfishes are further distinguished by their upward-pointing caudal fins and lack of anal fins. The largest of the ribbonfishes, T. arcticus, reaches a length of 2 m (6.5 feet) and is found in cold northern waters

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