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sand lance

noun
1.
any slender marine fish of the family Ammodytidae that burrows into the sand.
Also, sand launce.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80
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British Dictionary definitions for sand lance

sand eel

noun
1.
any silvery eel-like marine spiny-finned fish of the family Ammodytidae found burrowing in sand or shingle Popular name launce

sand lance

noun
1.
another name for the sand eel
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Encyclopedia Article for sand lance

sand eel

any of about 18 species of marine fishes of the familes Ammodytidae and Hypotychidae (order Perciformes). Sand lances are slim, elongated, usually silver fishes especially abundant in northern seas. Although eel-like in shape and movement, they are not true eels. The species range from about 20 to 46 centimetres (8 to 18 inches) in length and are characterized by a forked tail, a long head, and a long dorsal fin. They live in schools, often under the sand below the surf. They are of little use to man but are a very important food for predacious fishes and sea birds.

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