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fin British & World English

A flattened appendage on various parts of the body of many aquatic vertebrates, including fish and cetaceans, and some invertebrates, used for propelling, steering, and balancing

ad fin. British & World English

At or near the end of a piece of writing

ad fin. New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

at or near the end of a piece of writing

anal fin British & World English

An unpaired fin located on the underside of a fish posterior to the anus

fin keel British & World English

A boat’s keel shaped like an inverted dorsal fin

fin whale British & World English

A large rorqual with a small dorsal fin, a dark grey back, and white underparts

tail fin British & World English

A fin at the posterior extremity of a fish’s body, typically continuous with the tail

adipose fin British & World English

A small, rayless, fleshy dorsal fin present in certain fishes, notably in the salmon family

caudal fin British & World English

Another term for tail fin.

dorsal fin British & World English

An unpaired fin on the back of a fish or whale, e.g. the tall triangular fin of a shark or killer whale

pelvic fin British & World English

Each of a pair of fins on the underside of a fish’s body, attached to the pelvic girdle and helping to control direction

ventral fin British & World English

another term for pelvic fin.

pectoral fin British & World English

Each of a pair of fins situated on either side just behind a fish’s head, helping to control the direction of movement during locomotion. They correspond to the forelimbs of other vertebrates

vertical fin British & World English

Any of the unpaired fins in the midline of a fish’s body, i.e. a dorsal, anal, or caudal fin

fin de siècle British & World English

Relating to or characteristic of the end of a century, especially the 19th century

fin de siècle New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

characteristic of the end of a century

lobe-finned fish British & World English

A fish of a largely extinct group having fleshy lobed fins, including the probable ancestors of the amphibians

fin ray in ray1 British & World English

Each of the long slender bony supports in the fins of most bony fishes

yellowfin British & World English

A widely distributed, commercially important tuna that has yellow anal and dorsal fins


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