elasmobranch

[ ih-las-muh-brangk, ih-laz- ]
/ ɪˈlæs məˌbræŋk, ɪˈlæz- /

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the Elasmobranchii, the subclass of cartilaginous fishes comprising the sharks and rays.

noun

an elasmobranch fish.

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Origin of elasmobranch

1870–75; < New Latin Elasmobranchii, equivalent to Greek elasm(ós) beaten metal (derivative of elaúnein; see elastic) + -o- -o- + -branchii, plural of -branchius, New Latin coinage based on Greek bránchia branchia

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British Dictionary definitions for elasmobranch

elasmobranch
/ (ɪˈlæsməˌbræŋk, ɪˈlæz-) /

noun

any cartilaginous fish of the subclass Elasmobranchii (or Selachii), which includes the sharks, rays, dogfish, and skates

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Elasmobranchii
Also called: selachian

Word Origin for elasmobranch

C19: from New Latin elasmobranchii, from Greek elasmos metal plate + brankhia gills
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Scientific definitions for elasmobranch

elasmobranch
[ ĭ-lăzmə-brăngk′ ]

Any of numerous cartilaginous fishes of the subclass Elasmobranchii, having five to seven gill slits on each side, dermal denticles for scales, and a small respiratory opening (spiracle) behind each eye. The pectoral fins of elasmobranchs are often greatly enlarged. Elasmobranchs include the sharks, rays, and skates.
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