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cartilaginous fish

any fish of the class Chondrichthyes, including the sharks, skates, and rays, having a skeleton composed entirely of cartilage
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  • A cartilaginous fish allied to the rays, furnished with electrical organs, by means of which it is able to give powerful shocks.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The brachial ossicles represent the reduced and modified radiale and basalia of cartilaginous fish such as the dogfish.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
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cartilaginous fish
Any of various fishes of the class Selachii (or Chondrichthyes), having a skeleton that is made of cartilage. Cartilaginous fishes breathe through gill slits, of which there are usually five, and their toothlike or platelike scales (called denticles) are made of dentine and enamel. Sharks, rays, skates, sawfish, and chimaeras are cartilaginous fishes. Compare bony fish, jawless fish.

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