gill raker


Definition of gill raker

: any of the bony processes on a gill arch that divert solid substances away from the gills

Examples of gill raker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers found a new kind of amphipod living in the gill rakers of a female whale shark's mouth, according to a paper describing the new species in the journal Species Diversity. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "These Newly Discovered Shrimp Call a Whale Shark’s Mouth Home," 29 Oct. 2019 With spongelike gill rakers, the silver carp specialize in filtering microscopic algae, even outcompeting accompanying schools of bighead carp. Tony Briscoe,, "Asian carp have never breached a body of freshwater the size of Lake Michigan. Here’s the bizarre way they could survive and thrive in the world’s fifth largest lake.," 12 Aug. 2019 Tiny beads of glass caught in its gill rakers suggest that the creature perished while gasping for air as fire rained from the sky. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Digging into our planet’s history," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of gill raker

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Gill raker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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