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

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Recent Examples on the Web Deep-sea surprise:Taiwanese divers encounter rare giant oarfish Why Key West? Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 22 July 2023 The oarfish held by the CIMI staff who pulled it out of the water. James Carlton, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2013 The tales of sea serpents that terrified seafarers in days of yore may have been inspired by the mysterious oarfish. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 The giant oarfish, on the other hand, can be more difficult to monitor. Claire Bugos, Discover Magazine, 28 May 2021 Pepperell writes that there have been reports of oarfish that measure up to 55 feet long, but these unsubstantiated accounts are most likely just fish tales. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 Earlier this year, beachgoers spotted a live 12-foot oarfish in New Zealand, but the fish died shortly after. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2022 Live oarfish sightings are more rare, reports Steven Hill for Field and Stream. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2022 Dead adult oarfish periodically wash up on beaches. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oarfish was in 1860

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“Oarfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oarfish. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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