lantern fish


Definition of lantern fish

: any of a family (Myctophidae) of small deep-sea bony fishes that have a large mouth, large eyes, and usually numerous photophores

Examples of lantern fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists speculate that the squid are likely feasting on the many small animals such as krill and lantern fish that are adapted to spend the day there hiding from other predators that are not equipped to spend time in the hypoxic areas. Katherine Harmon, Scientific American, 8 Apr. 2010

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First Known Use of lantern fish

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lantern fish was circa 1753

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“Lantern fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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