cartilaginous fish


Definition of cartilaginous fish

: any of a class (Chondrichthyes) of fishes (such as a shark, ray, or chimaera) having the skeleton wholly or largely composed of cartilage — compare bony fish, jawless fish

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Recent Examples on the Web Scientists have long struggled to explain why bony fishes are so small: The heaviest—the ocean sunfish—is just 2.3 metric tons, but cartilaginous fishes like whale sharks can weigh up to 34 metric tons. Colin Barras, Science | AAAS, "This ancient fish was bigger than a whale shark—and faster than scientists ever imagined," 29 May 2018 What does a mouse have in common with a cartilaginous fish known as a little skate? Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "What a Walking Fish Can Teach Us About Human Evolution," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cartilaginous fish

1769, in the meaning defined above

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“Cartilaginous fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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