snipefish

snipefish

[snahyp-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) snipefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) snipefishes.
any of several fishes of the family Macrorhamphosidae, of tropical and temperate seas, having a long, tubular snout and a compressed body.
Also called bellows fish.


Origin:
1660–70; snipe + fish

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snipefish (ˈsnaɪpˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fish, -fishes
Also called: bellows fish any teleost fish of the family Macrorhamphosidae, of tropical and temperate seas, having a deep body, long snout, and a single long dorsal fin: order Solenichthyes (sea horses, etc)
 
[C17: so called because of the resemblance between its snout and a snipe's bill]

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snipefish

any of about 12 species of marine deepwater fishes of the family Macrorhamphosidae (order Gasterosteiformes), found in warm and temperate regions. Snipefishes are small, usually deep-bodied fishes that grow at most about 25 to 30 cm (10 to 12 inches) long and are commonly silver, pink, or red. They have long, tubular snouts and often bear a partial coating of armour plates along the back. The dorsal fin contains several spines, one of which is usually very long; this spine, together with the tail, forms the handles of the "bellows" for which the fishes have been named

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