dealfish

/deel"fish'/, n., pl. dealfishes, (esp. collectively) dealfish.
a ribbonfish, esp. Trachipterus arcticus.
[1835-45; DEAL2 + FISH]

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fish
      any of several slender marine fishes that belong to the genus Trachipterus (family Trachipteridae, order Lampridiformes), a subgroup of the ribbonfish. The dealfish inhabits the middle waters, probably not below 400 m (1,300 feet), and is characterized by a long, laterally compressed body, short head, narrow mouth, and feeble dentition. The dorsal fin extends the length of the back, with the anal fin absent and the caudal (tail) fin, when present, much-reduced; the pectoral fins are small. In the young dealfish some of the fin rays (hornlike projections of the fin skeleton) are prolonged in an extraordinary way.

      Dealfishes, which may reach a length of 2.5 m (8.2 feet), are distributed worldwide. The most common species is the northern dealfish, T. arcticus.

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  • dealfish — [dēl′fish΄] n. pl. dealfish or dealfishes (see FISH) RIBBONFISH …   English World dictionary

  • Dealfish — Deal fish , n. [From deal a long, narrow plank.] (Zo[ o]l.) A long, thin fish of the arctic seas ({Trachypterus arcticus}). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dealfish — /ˈdilfɪʃ/ (say deelfish) noun (plural dealfish or dealfishes) → ribbonfish. {deal2 + fish1} Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1 …   Australian English dictionary

  • dealfish — šiaurinė dalgiažuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Trachipterus arcticus angl. dealfish; king of the herrings rus. северная рыба лента; северный вогмер ryšiai: platesnis terminas – dalgiažuvės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • dealfish — paprastoji dalgiažuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Trachipterus trachypterus angl. dealfish; peregrine ribbonfish rus. обыкновенный трахиптер ryšiai: platesnis terminas – dalgiažuvės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • dealfish — noun Etymology: 4deal Date: 1845 any of several silvery ribbonfishes (genus Trachipterus, especially T. arcticus) inhabiting deep seas …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dealfish — noun A deep sea ribbonfish, Trachipterus arcticus, from the north Atlantic …   Wiktionary

  • dealfish — deal•fish [[t]ˈdilˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. fish•es, (esp. collectively) fish. ich a ribbonfish, esp Trachipterus arcticus[/ex] • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • dealfish — noun deep sea ribbonfish • Syn: ↑Trachipterus arcticus • Hypernyms: ↑ribbonfish • Member Holonyms: ↑Trachipterus, ↑genus Trachipterus …   Useful english dictionary

  • Trachypterus arcticus — Dealfish Deal fish , n. [From deal a long, narrow plank.] (Zo[ o]l.) A long, thin fish of the arctic seas ({Trachypterus arcticus}). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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