noun Date: circa 1890 any of various bony fishes (family Polynemidae, especially genus Polydactylus) having elongated filamentous rays on the pectoral fin; also a fish (as Dorosoma pretense of the herring family) having usually one similar ray extending from a fin

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  • Threadfin — Thread fin , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of fishes belonging to {Polynemus} and allied genera. They have numerous long pectoral filaments. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • threadfin — [thredfin΄] n. any of a family (Polynemidae) of marine percoid fishes having a divided pectoral fin that ends in threadlike rays …   English World dictionary

  • Threadfin — Taxobox name = Threadfin image caption = Sixfinger threadfin, Polydactylus sexfilis regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Polynemidae subdivision ranks = Genera subdivision = Eleutheronema… …   Wikipedia

  • threadfin — /thred fin /, n. any spiny rayed fishes of the family Polynemidae, having the lower part of the pectoral fin composed of numerous, separate, filamentous rays. [1885 90; THREAD + FIN] * * * ▪ fish  any of about 41 species of marine fishes of the… …   Universalium

  • threadfin — /ˈθrɛdfɪn/ (say thredfin) noun (plural threadfin or threadfins) any of the spiny rayed fishes constituting the family Polynemidae, the lower part of whose pectoral fin is composed of numerous separate, slender, filamentous rays. Usage: For… …   Australian English dictionary

  • threadfin — noun Any of many perciform fish of the family Polynemidae …   Wiktionary

  • threadfin — noun an edible tropical marine fish with long streamers arising from its pectoral fins. [Family Polynemidae: several species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • threadfin — thread•fin [[t]ˈθrɛdˌfɪn[/t]] n. ich any spiny rayed fish of the family Polynemidae, having the lower part of the pectoral fin terminating in threadlike rays • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • threadfin — n. any small tropical fish of the family Polynemidae, with long streamers from its pectoral fins …   Useful english dictionary

  • Threadfin bream — Threadfin breams Double whiptail, Pentapodus emeryii Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

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