cartilaginous fish

cartilaginous fish
noun Date: 1769 any of a class (Chondrichthyes) of fishes (as a shark, ray, or chimaera) having the skeleton wholly or largely composed of cartilagecompare bony fish, jawless fish

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  • cartilaginous fish — noun a fish of a large class distinguished by having a skeleton of cartilage rather than bone and including the sharks, rays, and chimaeras. [Class Chondrichthyes.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • cartilaginous fish — cartilag′inous fish n. ich any of various fishes of the class Chondrichthyes, including the sharks, skates, and rays, having a skeleton composed mainly of cartilage • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • cartilaginous fish — noun fishes in which the skeleton may be calcified but not ossified • Syn: ↑chondrichthian • Hypernyms: ↑fish • Hyponyms: ↑holocephalan, ↑holocephalian, ↑elasmobranch, ↑selachian …   Useful english dictionary

  • cartilaginous fish — noun Members of taxonomic class Chondrichthyes which have skeletons made of cartilage rather than bone …   Wiktionary

  • List of prehistoric cartilaginous fish — This list of prehistoric cartilaginous fish is an attempt to create a comprehensive listing of all genera that have ever been included in the class chondrichthyes and are known from the fossil record. This list excludes purely vernacular terms.… …   Wikipedia

  • Fish — are aquatic vertebrate animals that are typically ectothermic (previously cold blooded), covered with scales, and equipped with two sets of paired fins and several unpaired fins. Fish are abundant in the sea and in fresh water, with species being …   Wikipedia

  • cartilaginous — [kart′ l aj′ə nəs] adj. 1. of or like cartilage; gristly 2. having a skeleton made up mainly of cartilage, as any of a class (Chondrichthyes) of fishes (cartilaginous fish), including sharks, rays, and skates …   English World dictionary

  • Fish anatomy — The anatomy of fish is primarily governed by the physical characteristics of water, which is much denser than air, holds a relatively small amount of dissolved oxygen, and absorbs light more than air does. Body (1) operculum (gill cover), (2)… …   Wikipedia

  • fish — [[t]fɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively)fish, (esp. for kinds or species)fish•es 1) ich any of various cold blooded, aquatic vertebrates having gills, commonly fins, and typically an elongated body covered with scales: includes three unrelated… …   From formal English to slang

  • cartilaginous — adjective a) Comprising of soft cartilage rather than bones. Cartilaginous fish such as the angler fish have a skeletal structure made up of cartilage. b) Related to or resembling cartilage …   Wiktionary

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