- a smooth dogfish, especially Mustelus mustelus, inhabiting waters along the coast of Europe.
Origin of smoothhound
Also called smoothhound shark.
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- any of several small sharks of the genus Mustelus, esp M. mustelus, a species of North Atlantic coastal regions: family TriakidaeSee also dogfish (def. 3)
Word Origin for smooth hound
C17: from hound (fish); so called because it has no dorsal spines
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