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razorfish

Syllabification: ra·zor·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈrāzərˌfiSH
 
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Definition of razorfish in English:

noun (plural same or razorfishes)

1A small fish of the Indo-Pacific, with a long, flattened snout and a laterally compressed body encased in thin, bony shields that meet to form a sharp ridge on the belly.
Example sentences
  • The pièce de résistance, though, was a gargantuan platter of seafood overflowing with everything from lobster all the way down to razorfish.
2A small, brightly colored wrasse (fish) with a steeply sloping forehead, living chiefly in sandy coastal waters of the western Atlantic.
  • Genus Hemipteronotus, family Labridae: several species
Example sentences
  • Juvenile rockmover wrasse and dwarf scorpionfish, ghost pipefish, razorfish, stonefish, mantis shrimps, snake eels, and the flamboyant anemone hermit crab are frequently seen in this area.
  • Today virtually every household has a deep freeze where packets of sandeel, mackerel strip, crab and razorfish can be kept from the end of one season till the beginning of the next.
  • Worm tipped off with razorfish splints down each side and bound with elastic thread is a cracking bait.

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