dogfish

noun dog·fish \ -ˌfish \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of dogfish

15th century


DOGFISH Defined for Kids

dogfish

noun dog·fish \ ˈdȯg-ˌfish \

Definition of dogfish for Students

: a small shark often seen near shore

Medical Dictionary

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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