dogfish

noun
dog·​fish | \ ˈdȯg-ˌfish How to pronounce dogfish (audio) \

Definition of dogfish

: any of various usually small bottom-dwelling sharks (as of the families Squalidae, Carcharhinidae, and Scyliorhinidae) that often appear in schools near shore, prey chiefly on fish and invertebrates, and are a valuable food source

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In 2016, a team working with OceanGate, an organization that provides subsea research and exploration, filmed a sixgill shark alongside dogfish near British Columbia’s Desolation Sound. Fox News, "Mysterious deep-sea shark that's older than the dinosaurs captured on film," 9 July 2019 Dixson and co-authors found that after 5 days in water with high levels of CO2, sharks called smooth dogfish avoided the smell of their prey. Elizabeth Preston, Science | AAAS, "A growing sensory smog threatens the ability of fish to communicate, navigate, and survive," 20 June 2019 Signs affixed to the tanks instruct scientists how to properly catch squid without stressing them out and warn visitors not to startle the dogfish. Quanta Magazine, "How to Grow a New Model Organism," 27 July 2016 Viper dogfish, Trigonognathus kabeyai, are a deep-sea dwelling type of small shark. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "'Alien'-Like Sharks With Extendable Jaws Pulled From Deep Sea," 11 Jan. 2018 That's why the blacktip sharks, just like cod, dogfish, and a host of other fish species, are moving north to get more comfortable—and follow their food supply. National Geographic, "More Sharks Ditching Annual Migration as Ocean Warms," 8 Mar. 2018 The center displays more than 40 species, including crabs, lobsters, seahorses, skates, and dogfish from local waters. BostonGlobe.com, "The 20 best beaches to visit in New England," 2 May 2018 Viper dogfish have only been found in waters off the coasts of Japan, Taiwan, and Hawaii. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "'Alien'-Like Sharks With Extendable Jaws Pulled From Deep Sea," 11 Jan. 2018 On their bodies, viper dogfish have little cells that produce light called photophores. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "'Alien'-Like Sharks With Extendable Jaws Pulled From Deep Sea," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dogfish

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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dogfish

noun
dog·​fish | \ ˈdȯg-ˌfish How to pronounce dogfish (audio) \

Kids Definition of dogfish

: a small shark often seen near shore

dogfish

noun
dog·​fish | \ -ˌfish How to pronounce dogfish (audio) \

Medical Definition of dogfish

: any of various small sharks (as of the families Squalidae, Carcharhinidae, and Scyliorhinidae) that often appear in schools near shore, prey chiefly on fish and invertebrates, and are a valuable food source

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