sand lance

noun

Definition of sand lance

: any of several small elongate marine bony fishes (genus Ammodytes of the family Ammodytidae) that associate in large schools and remain buried in sandy beaches at ebb tide

called also sand eel, sand launce

Examples of sand lance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The limited sand lance research that exists cannot fully explain Scherer’s experience. BostonGlobe.com, "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 Another worrisome impact of climate change, according to the report, is that warmer waters in the Sound could see small forage fish like young shad, river herring and sand lances leave for colder waters. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Climate change has pushed Long Island Sound and its birds to "the edge of major, hard-to-predict changes,” reports says," 5 Dec. 2019 On a good night, the four-hour shift that low tide allowed would yield several hundred pounds of sand lances. BostonGlobe.com, "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 Then, one summer about 10 years ago, the sand lances got hard to find. BostonGlobe.com, "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 If the sand lance go away, the chinook will disappear, too. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "In a five-person submarine, scientists in Friday Harbor unravel the mysteries of the Salish Sea," 16 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sand lance

1776, in the meaning defined above

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“Sand lance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sand%20lance. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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