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 Other scans revealed the delicate bones of its pectoral fin. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 The misshapen right pectoral fin and scars on the mottled many-shades-of-gray skin of one narwhal looked familiar. Marguerite Holloway, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 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. 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. Joe Mozingo, oregonlive, 16 May 2021 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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