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smoothhound

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

Origin of smoothhound

First recorded in 1595–1605; smooth + hound1
Also called smoothhound shark.
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British Dictionary definitions for smooth hound

smooth hound

noun
  1. any of several small sharks of the genus Mustelus, esp M. mustelus, a species of North Atlantic coastal regions: family TriakidaeSee also dogfish (def. 3)

Word Origin

C17: from hound (fish); so called because it has no dorsal spines
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