elasmobranch

noun
elas·​mo·​branch | \ i-ˈlaz-mə-ˌbraŋk How to pronounce elasmobranch (audio) \
plural elasmobranchs

Definition of elasmobranch

: any of a subclass (Elasmobranchii) of cartilaginous fishes that have five to seven lateral to ventral gill openings on each side and that comprise the sharks, rays, skates, and extinct related fishes

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elasmobranch adjective

Examples of elasmobranch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joining sharks and rays in the elasmobranch clan, sawfish are built over a cartilaginous frame that works in concert with a low profile and flat belly to allow efficient movement through whisper-thin depths. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, "The Fight to Save the Sawfish," 13 Dec. 2019 The species, Pseudobatos buthi or the spadenose, is an elasmobranch, a group that includes the sharks, rays and skates. Danielle Hall, Smithsonian, "Scientist Lampoons Birth Announcemenst With Discovery of New ‘Spadenose’ Ray," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of elasmobranch

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elasmobranch

ultimately from Greek elasmos metal plate (from elaunein) + branchia gills

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“Elasmobranch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elasmobranch. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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elasmobranch

noun
elas·​mo·​branch | \ i-ˈlaz-mə-ˌbraŋk How to pronounce elasmobranch (audio) \
plural elasmobranchs

Medical Definition of elasmobranch

: any fish of the class Chondrichthyes

Other Words from elasmobranch

elasmobranch adjective

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