ratfish

noun

rat·​fish ˈrat-ˌfish How to pronounce ratfish (audio)
: chimaera
especially : a silvery iridescent white-spotted chimaera (Hydrolagus colliei) of cold deep waters of the Pacific coast of North America

Example Sentences

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, 12 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ratfish was in 1882

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“Ratfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratfish. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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