oar·​fish | \ ˈȯr-ˌfish How to pronounce oarfish (audio) \

Definition of oarfish

: a marine bony fish (Regalecus glesne) of subtropical waters with a narrow soft body from 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) long, a red dorsal fin running the entire length of the body, and red-tipped anterior rays rising above the head

Examples of oarfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mermaids, sea serpents, manatees and giant oarfish may not appear to have much in common. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Dec. 2020 A few days prior to the whale's discovery, marine science instructor Jasmine Santana found the 18-foot-long body of an oarfish while snorkeling off the coast of nearby Catalina Island. Rebecca Deczynski, Woman's Day, 18 Oct. 2013 Deep-sea oarfish are the spitting-image of sea serpents. Chris Reeves, The Atlantic, 11 July 2017 Marine biologists are eager to learn more about the oarfish and its neighbors—surprisingly, so are biomechanicists. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, 17 Feb. 2017 A marine biology instructor spotted the carcass of an 18-foot oarfish — nature’s answer to the mythical sea serpent — while snorkeling. Daniela Hernandez, WIRED, 19 Oct. 2013 Earlier this month, an oarfish, a creature usually found in mesopelagic zones 200 to 1,000 feet below sea level, became the subject of fascination after surfacing in Carmen, Agusan Del Norte. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, 27 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of oarfish

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Oarfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oarfish. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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