guitarfish


guitarfish
/gi tahr"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) guitarfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) guitarfishes.
any sharklike ray of the family Rhinobatidae, of warm seas, resembling a guitar in shape.
[1900-05; GUITAR + FISH]

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fish
also called  Fiddler Ray, or Banjo Shark,  

      an order (Rhinobatiformes) of fish closely related to the rays. The order contains some 47 to 50 species arranged in three families (Platyrhinidae, Rhinobatidae, and Rhynchobatidae).

      Guitarfish have a flattened forebody with pectoral fins fused to the sides of the head. The hindbody resembles that of a shark, with two dorsal fins and a well-developed caudal fin. Guitarfish range in size up to about 2 metres (6 feet) in length. They inhabit tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide, generally preferring the shallows where they swim slowly and feed on small fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, and the like. Reproduction is ovoviviparous.

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  • guitarfish — noun Date: circa 1900 any of several viviparous rays (family Rhinobatidae) somewhat like a guitar in shape viewed from above …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • guitarfish — noun Any of the fish in the Rhinobatidae family of rays …   Wiktionary

  • guitarfish — noun (plural same or guitarfishes) a fish related to the rays, with a guitar like body shape. [Rhinobatus rhinobatus and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • guitarfish — gui·tar·fish …   English syllables

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  • guitarfish — noun primitive tropical bottom dwelling ray with a guitar shaped body • Hypernyms: ↑ray • Member Holonyms: ↑Rhinobatidae, ↑family Rhinobatidae …   Useful english dictionary

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