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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

oar•fishˈɔrˌfɪʃ, ˈoʊr-(n.)(pl.)-fish; -fish•es.

  1. 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.

    Category: Ichthyology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oarfish, king of the herring, ribbonfish, Regalecus glesne(noun)

    thin deep-water tropical fish 20 to 30 feet long having a red dorsal fin


  1. oarfish(Noun)

    a large, greatly elongated, type of fish of the family Regalecidae

Webster Dictionary

  1. Oarfish(noun)

    the ribbon fish


  1. Oarfish

    Oarfish are large, greatly elongated, pelagic Lampriform fishes comprising the small family Regalecidae. Found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet rarely seen, the oarfish family contains four species in two genera. One of these, the king of herrings, is the longest bony fish alive, at up to 17 metres in length. The common name oarfish is presumably in reference to either their highly compressed and elongated bodies, or to the former belief that the fish "row" themselves through the water with their pelvic fins. The family name Regalecidae is derived from the Latin regalis, meaning "royal". The occasional beachings of oarfish after storms, and their habit of lingering at the surface when sick or dying, make oarfish a probable source of many sea serpent tales. Although the larger species are considered game fish and are fished commercially, oarfish are rarely caught alive; their flesh is not well regarded due to its gelatinous consistency.


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