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

Examples of lateral line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fish have a lateral line filled with nerve endings to detect noises and vibrations made by both predators and prey. Popular Science, "Take a stab at spearfishing with these tips," 16 Nov. 2020 Fish have a lateral line filled with nerve endings to detect noises and vibrations made by both predators and prey. Popular Science, "Take a stab at spearfishing with these tips," 16 Nov. 2020 Fish have a lateral line filled with nerve endings to detect noises and vibrations made by both predators and prey. Popular Science, "Take a stab at spearfishing with these tips," 16 Nov. 2020 Fish have a lateral line filled with nerve endings to detect noises and vibrations made by both predators and prey. Popular Science, "Take a stab at spearfishing with these tips," 16 Nov. 2020 Fish have a lateral line filled with nerve endings to detect noises and vibrations made by both predators and prey. Popular Science, "Take a stab at spearfishing with these tips," 16 Nov. 2020 Fish have a lateral line filled with nerve endings to detect noises and vibrations made by both predators and prey. Sam Romano, Outdoor Life, "The Beginner’s Guide to Spearfishing," 10 Nov. 2020 The thump of the blades—big-cupped Colorados provide the most, willows the least, and Indianas somewhere in between—allows fish to track them with sight as well as with their lateral lines. Pete Robbins, Field & Stream, "3 Bass Lures You Should Never Go Fishing Without," 10 Dec. 2019 That’s the lateral line, part of a valuable system that reads water motion and pressure. National Geographic, "See our four favorite innovations this month," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of lateral line

1752, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2021

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“Lateral line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lateral%20line. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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