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gill slit

[ gil ]
/ gɪl /
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noun
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Origin of gill slit

First recorded in 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for gill slit

gill slit
/ (ɡɪl) /

noun
any of a series of paired linear openings to the exterior from the sides of the pharynx in fishes and some amphibians. They contain the gills
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Scientific definitions for gill slit

gill slit

In primitive chordates and cartilaginous fish, such as sharks, one of several narrow external openings connecting with the pharynx through which water passes to the exterior, thereby bathing the gills. Bony fish and all other vertebrates, including humans, have rudimentary gill slits during their embryonic stage.
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