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oarfish

[ awr-fish, ohr- ]
/ ˈɔrˌfɪʃ, ˈoʊr- /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) oar·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) oar·fish·es.

any long, ribbon-shaped, silvery fish of the genus Regalecus, of deep tropical waters, having a red dorsal fin along the spine that rises to a crest, and reaching a length of 30 feet (9 meters).

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Also called ribbonfish.

Origin of oarfish

First recorded in 1855–60; oar + fish

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British Dictionary definitions for oarfish

oarfish
/ (ˈɔːˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

a very long ribbonfish, Regalecus glesne, with long slender ventral finsAlso called: king of the herrings

Word Origin for oarfish

C19: referring to the flattened oarlike body
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