lateral line

noun

Definition of lateral line 

: a canal along the side of a fish containing pores that open into tubes supplied with sense organs sensitive to low vibrations also : one of these tubes or sense organs

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The main sewer and lateral lines underneath Monroe Street were first installed in the 1890s, for example. Claudia Vargas, Philly.com, "'Nightmare on Monroe Street': A tiny Queen Village block's six-year feud with the Philly Water Department," 6 July 2018 To serve, make a shallow cut following the lateral line in the center of the fish, then make another incision across the top of the tail. Benjamin Kemper, WSJ, "How a Chef With 8 Michelin Stars Cooks at Home," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of lateral line

1752, in the meaning defined above

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