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sea robin

  1. any of various gurnards, especially certain American species of the genus Prionotus, having large pectoral fins used to move across the ocean bottom.
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Origin of sea robin

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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Historical Examples of sea robin

  • There are many species of fishes nearly related to the sea-robin in different parts of the world.

    Harper's Young People, June 28, 1881


  • "It is a sea-robin, Alice, sometimes known as a pig-fish," answered Uncle Harry.

  • Even the eel will squeak when caught, and the porpoise sometimes grunts very much like the sea-robin.

British Dictionary definitions for sea robin

sea robin

  1. any of various American gurnards of the genus Prionotus and related genera, such as P. carolinus (northern sea robin)
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