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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Unsurprisingly, the cod ended up with lower mercury levels than the dogfish. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "Climate change and overfishing could lead to higher mercury levels in fish," 7 Aug. 2019 The sharks were two species of deep-sea dogfish commonly found deep waters along our continental margin, NOAA reported. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Watch this fish eat an entire shark in rare moment captured by NOAA Okeanos Explorer," 18 July 2019 The others were Genie's dogfish, named in honor of Mote Marine Laboratory founder Eugenie 'Shark Lady' Clark, which were determined to be a distinct species in 2018, NOAA reported. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Watch this fish eat an entire shark in rare moment captured by NOAA Okeanos Explorer," 18 July 2019 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

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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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