cartilaginous fish

noun

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

Examples of cartilaginous fish in a Sentence

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cartilaginous fish.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of cartilaginous fish

1769, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cartilaginous fish

Time Traveler for cartilaginous fish

Time Traveler

The first known use of cartilaginous fish was in 1769

See more words from the same year

Statistics for cartilaginous fish

Cite this Entry

“Cartilaginous fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cartilaginous%20fish. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on cartilaginous fish

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cartilaginous fish

Comments on cartilaginous fish

What made you want to look up cartilaginous fish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of probity?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!