ribbonfish

noun
rib·​bon·​fish | \ ˈri-bən-ˌfish How to pronounce ribbonfish (audio) \

Definition of ribbonfish

: any of a family (Trachipteridae) of elongate greatly compressed marine bony fishes (such as a dealfish) with a long ribbonlike dorsal fin arising from behind the head

First Known Use of ribbonfish

circa 1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ribbonfish was circa 1798

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“Ribbonfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribbonfish. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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