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flying gurnard

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noun

any marine fish of the family Dactylopteridae, especially Dactylopterus volitans, having greatly enlarged, colorful pectoral fins that enable it to glide short distances through the air.

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Also called butterflyfish, flying robin.

Origin of flying gurnard

First recorded in 1880–85
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flying gurnard

noun

any marine spiny-finned gurnard-like fish of the mostly tropical family Dactylopteridae, having enlarged fan-shaped pectoral fins used to glide above the surface of the sea
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