[ sawft-find, soft- ]
/ ˈsɔftˈfɪnd, ˈsɒft- /

adjective Ichthyology.

having fins supported by articulated rays rather than by spines, as a malacopterygian.


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Origin of soft-finned

First recorded in 1765–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for soft-finned



(of certain teleost fishes) having fins that are supported by flexible cartilaginous raysSee also malacopterygian Compare spiny-finned
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