Definition of ratfish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈratfɪʃ/

noun (plural same or ratfishes)

1A blunt-nosed chimaera with rodent-like front teeth and a long, thin tail, found chiefly in cooler waters. See also rabbitfish.
  • Genera Chimaera and Hydrolagus, family Chimaeridae: several species, including H. colliei of the eastern North Pacific.
Example sentences
  • Apparently living at great depths with the hagfish, the prehistoric ratfish was recently discovered off Brazil by scientists.
  • The others catch sight of the ratfish at the same time as me, but it is not alone - there are five of these ‘monsters ‘in the cleft.’
  • Hard to miss, especially by night divers, whose lights catch the gleam from its huge opalescent eyes, is the ratfish, which cruises by on wing-like pectoral fins.
2A long, thin purplish edible fish which lives in shallow temperate waters of the Indo-Pacific where it burrows in the sand.
  • Gonorhynchus gonorhynchus, the only member of the family Gonorhynchidae.
Example sentences
  • Their diet includes squid, skates, ratfish, rockfish, and octopus, as well as pelagic fishes such as mackerel and sardines.

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