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sea robin

noun
1.
any of various gurnards, especially certain American species of the genus Prionotus, having large pectoral fins used to move across the ocean bottom.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15, Americanism
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  • He reeled in a sea robin, writhing on the line, and threw it back.
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sea robin

noun
1.
any of various American gurnards of the genus Prionotus and related genera, such as P. carolinus (northern sea robin)
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any of the slim, bottom-dwelling fish of the family Triglidae, found in warm and temperate seas of the world. Sea robins are elongated fish with armoured, bony heads and two dorsal fins. Their pectoral fins are fan-shaped, with the bottom few rays each forming separate feelers. These feelers are used by the fishes in "walking" on the bottom and in sensing mollusks, crustaceans, and other bottom-dwelling prey.

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