[rib-uh n-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) rib·bon·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) rib·bon·fish·es.
  1. any of several marine fishes of the families Trachipteridae, Regalicidae, and Lophotidae, having a long, compressed, ribbonlike body.
  2. any of several related fishes, as the oarfish.
  3. any of several unrelated but similar fishes, as the cutlassfish and jackknife-fish.

Origin of ribbonfish

First recorded in 1785–95; ribbon + fish
Also called snakefish.
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British Dictionary definitions for ribbonfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. any of various soft-finned deep-sea teleost fishes, esp Regalecus glesne (see oarfish), that have an elongated compressed body. They are related to the opah and dealfishes
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