dogfish

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4 chain dogfish (Scyliorhinus retifer)

Etymology[edit]

dog +‎ fish. Compare Greek σκυλόψαρο (skylópsaro, dogfish), Latin canicula (dogfish, literally little dog), Italian pescecane (dogfish), French chien de mer (literally dog of the sea), German Meerhund (literally seadog) and Hundfisch (dogfish), and English seadog.

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dogfish (plural dogfish or dogfishes)

  1. Any of various small sharks
    1. especially those from the family Squalidae
    2. a catshark, any shark from family Scyliorhinidae
    3. a kitefin shark, any shark from family Dalatiidae
    4. (Britain) Scyliorhinus canicula or Scyliorhinus stellaris
    5. (Azores Is.) Scyliorhinus canicula
    6. (Canada) Squalus suckleyi
    7. (Bermuda) Mustelus canis
    8. (Barbados) Bodianus rufus
    9. (Guyana) Ginglymostoma cirratum or Mustelus canis
    10. (Trinidad, Tobago) Ginglymostoma cirratum
    11. (Namibia) Squalus acanthias, Squalus blainville, Squalus megalops, or Squalus mitsukurii
  2. (US) The bowfin, Amia calva.

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