rat·​fish | \ ˈrat-ˌfish How to pronounce ratfish (audio) \

Definition of ratfish

: chimaera especially : a silvery iridescent white-spotted chimaera (Hydrolagus colliei) of cold deep waters of the Pacific coast of North America

Examples of ratfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also known as chimaera or ratfish, ghost sharks have long fins and vacant eyes that make even great whites seem friendly. National Geographic, "Mysterious Ghost Sharks' Sex Habits Revealed," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of ratfish

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Ratfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratfish. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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