noun Date: 1860 a marine bony fish (Regalecus glesne) of subtropical waters with a narrow soft body from 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) long, a red dorsal fin running the entire length of the body, and red-tipped anterior rays rising above the head

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  • oarfish — /ˈɔfɪʃ/ (say awfish) noun (plural oarfish or oarfishes) a marine fish, Regalecus glesne, of temperate seas, having a long, compressed, tape like body up to 9 metres in length, a dorsal fin running the whole length of the body, and red tipped rays …   Australian English dictionary

  • oarfish — noun a large, greatly elongated, type of fish of the family Regalecidae …   Wiktionary

  • oarfish — əʊfɪʃ n. long thin silvery fish with a bright red back fin (from the family Regalecidae) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oarfish — noun (plural same or oarfishes) a very long, narrow silvery fish of the deep ocean. [Regalecus glesne.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • oarfish — oar•fish [[t]ˈɔrˌfɪʃ, ˈoʊr [/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. for kinds or species) fish•es. ich any long, ribbon shaped, deep sea fish of the genus Regalecus, having a fin along the back that rises to a crest: up to 30 ft. (9 m) long • …   From formal English to slang

  • oarfish — n. a ribbonfish, Regalecus glesne …   Useful english dictionary

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