sand lance


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

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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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