dogfish

[ dawg-fish, dog- ]
/ ˈdɔgˌfɪʃ, ˈdɒg- /

noun, plural (especially collectively) dog·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) dog·fish·es.

any of several small sharks, especially of the genera Mustelus and Squalus, that are destructive to food fishes.
any of various other fishes, as the bowfin.

Origin of dogfish

1425–75; earlier dokefyche; late Middle English. See dog, fish
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dogfish

/ (ˈdɒɡˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

any of several small spotted European sharks, esp Scyliorhinus caniculus (lesser spotted dogfish): family Scyliorhinidae
any small shark of the family Squalidae, esp Squalus acanthias (spiny dogfish), typically having a spine on each dorsal fin
any small smooth-skinned shark of the family Triakidae, esp Mustelus canis (smooth dogfish or smooth hound)
a less common name for the bowfin
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