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

Examples of dogfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oregon's Department of Fish & Wildlife lists the salmon shark, spiny dogfish, soupfin shark, common thresher shark, basking shark, blue shark as native to its coastal waters, among others. Julia Musto, Fox News, 26 Aug. 2021 All sharks, with the exception of smooth dogfish under certain circumstances, must be brought to shore with their fins naturally attached. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 The port city of Cádiz, for example, is known for cazon en adobo, in which dense chunks of dogfish get a long marinade in vinegar and spices. Bettina Makalintal, Bon Appétit, 19 Oct. 2021 Fishermen brought more than 18 million pounds of spiny dogfish to docks in 2019. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Mar. 2021 Instead, Currie’s nets caught mostly gurnards, Cape horse mackerel, spiny dogfish, and shallow-water hake, and white sea catfish, which together made up 85 percent of Currie’s catch, compared with a historical three percent. Petro Kotzé, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Dec. 2020 Last month alone, Massachusetts fisherman landed over a million pounds of dogfish. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2019 Bennett is bringing in big catches of something that Cape fishermen once tossed back in disgust: a species of small shark called spiny dogfish. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2019 Unsurprisingly, the cod ended up with lower mercury levels than the dogfish. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 7 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of dogfish

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Dogfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dogfish. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for dogfish

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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