pectoral fin

noun

Definition of pectoral fin

: either of the fins of a fish that correspond to the forelimbs of a quadruped

Examples of pectoral fin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one video, Gauna captured a shark with a pectoral fin bent at a right angle from an injury, like a broken wing. Joe Mozingo, oregonlive, 16 May 2021 In one video, Gauna captured a shark with a pectoral fin bent at a right angle from an injury, like a broken wing. Joe Mozingo, oregonlive, 16 May 2021 In one video, Gauna captured a shark with a pectoral fin bent at a right angle from an injury, like a broken wing. Joe Mozingo, oregonlive, 16 May 2021 In one video, Gauna captured a shark with a pectoral fin bent at a right angle from an injury, like a broken wing. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2021 The collar refers to the section that begins directly behind the head and ends just behind the pectoral fin (right before the start of the fillet). Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, 23 Apr. 2020 The three-foot-long creatures live near Australia, moving their pectoral fins in the front and pelvic fins in the back to plod along, writes Nat Geo’s Douglas Main. National Geographic, 30 Jan. 2020 The chambers that fill with the battery/hydraulic fluid to move the fish and pectoral fins also contain the electrodes that allow the battery to function. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 19 June 2019 These three-foot-long creatures live near Australia, and, as their name implies, move their pectoral fins in the front and pelvic fins in the back to plod along the seafloor—or even atop coral reefs, outside the water, at low tide. National Geographic, 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of pectoral fin

1715, in the meaning defined above

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“Pectoral fin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pectoral%20fin. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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