oarfish

[ awr-fish, ohr- ]
/ ˈɔrˌfɪʃ, ˈoʊr- /

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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  1. oap,
  2. oapc,
  3. oapec,
  4. oar,
  5. oared,
  6. oarlock,
  7. oars,
  8. oarsman,
  9. oarweed,
  10. oary

Origin of oarfish

First recorded in 1855–60; oar + fish

Also called ribbonfish.

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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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