dogfish

noun
dog·fish | \-ˌfish \

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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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 According to Ruiz, all the fish pulled in were catch and release, except for the dogfish. Kitty Conley, Post-Tribune, "St. Mary's kids went fishing," 2 Oct. 2017 The Fish None-too-delicate angel shark or dogfish doesn’t break down while cooking in oil. Kurt Soller, Bon Appetit, "How Baja Locals Build the Ultimate Fish Taco," 1 June 2017 Calagione spent summers in Maine as a kid, near a fishing area where lobster boats caught a lot of dogfish. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Why does the owner of Dogfish Head love N.C. beer so much?," 27 July 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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dogfish

noun
dog·fish | \ˈdȯg-ˌfish \

Kids Definition of dogfish

: a small shark often seen near shore

dogfish

noun
dog·fish | \-ˌfish \

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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