smooth hound

smoothhound

[smooth-hound]
noun
a smooth dogfish, especially Mustelus mustelus, inhabiting waters along the coast of Europe.
Also called smoothhound shark.


Origin:
1595–1605; smooth + hound1

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smooth hound
 
n
See also dogfish any of several small sharks of the genus Mustelus, esp M. mustelus, a species of North Atlantic coastal regions: family Triakidae
 
[C17: from hound(fish); so called because it has no dorsal spines]

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