unicorn fish
Narwhal Nar"whal (n[aum]r"hw[.a]l), n. [Sw. or Dan. narvhal; akin to Icel. n[=a]hvalr, and E. whale. the first syllable is perh. from Icel. n[=a]r corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See {Whale}.] [Written also {narwhale} and {narwal}.] (Zo["o]l.) An arctic cetacean ({Monodon monocerous}), about twenty feet long. The male usually has one long, twisted, pointed canine tooth, or tusk, projecting forward from the upper jaw like a horn, whence it is called also {sea unicorn}, {unicorn fish}, and {unicorn whale}. Sometimes two horns are developed, side by side. [1913 Webster]

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  • Unicorn fish — Unicorn U ni*corn, n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See {One}, and {Horn}.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; often represented in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unicorn fish — may refer to:* Fishes in the genus Naso in the family Acanthuridae. * Crestfishes in the family Lophotidae. * The unicorn grenadier Caelorinchus productus , family Macrouridae. * Scrawled filefish, Aluterus scriptus , family Monacanthidae …   Wikipedia

  • unicorn fish — ▪ Naso also spelled  unicornfish,        any of certain exclusively marine fishes belonging to the genus Naso, in the family Acanthuridae (order Perciformes), occurring in the tropical Indo Pacific region. The 17 species are herbivorous algae… …   Universalium

  • unicorn fish — vienaragė juostažuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Eumecichthys fiski angl. unicorn crestfish; unicorn fish rus. эуметихтис ryšiai: platesnis terminas – vienaragės juostažuvės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • unicorn fish — noun 1. : narwhal 2. a. : any of several surgeonfishes (genus Teuthis) of the Pacific ocean having a long bony hornlike projection extending forward from the skull above the eye b. : any of various filefishes having a long dorsal spine * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • unicorn-fish — n. (Ich.) Sea unicorn, narwhal, unicorn whale …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • unicorn fish —   Kala …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • unicorn-fish — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Unicorn — U ni*corn, n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See {One}, and {Horn}.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; often represented in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unicorn bird — Unicorn U ni*corn, n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See {One}, and {Horn}.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; often represented in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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