ratfish

[rat-fish]

noun, plural (especially collectively) rat·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) rat·fish·es.

a chimaera, Hydrolagus colliei, of the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Baja California, having a ratlike tail.

Nearby words

  1. ratemaking,
  2. ratepayer,
  3. rater,
  4. rates,
  5. ratfink,
  6. rath,
  7. ratha,
  8. rathbone,
  9. rathe,
  10. rathenau

Origin of ratfish

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; rat + fish

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British Dictionary definitions for ratfish

ratfish

noun plural -fish or -fishes

another name for rabbitfish (def. 1)
a chimaera, Hydrolagus colliei, of the North Pacific Ocean, which has a long narrow tail
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