sandfish

noun

1
: either of two small silvery scaleless fishes of the north Pacific that constitute the family Trichodontidae and burrow in the sand
2
: a small grayish brown or blue striped fish (Diplectrum formosum) that frequents sand shores
3
4
: an elongated cylindrical marine fish (genus Gonorhynchus) that has a short barbel under the chin, lives over sandy bottoms, and burrows freely in the sand

called also beaked salmon

Word History

Etymology

sand entry 1 + fish

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near sandfish

Cite this Entry

“Sandfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sandfish. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!