sawfish

noun
saw·fish | \ˈsȯ-ˌfish \

Definition of sawfish 

: any of a family (Pristidae) of large elongate rays that resemble sharks but have a long flattened snout with a row of serrate structures along each edge and that live in tropical and subtropical shallow seas and in or near the mouths of rivers

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Smalltooth sawfish are related to sharks and were listed under the Endangered Species Act in 2003. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "National Oceanic Administration and Shark Tagging Program Issues Statement About 'Sexy Shark Wrangler' Amid Backlash," 21 May 2018 Pence joined Sudal and watched him catch a 13-foot smalltooth sawfish. Fox News, "Shark wrangler catches 12-foot hammerhead off Florida beach, gets more attention for his abs," 10 May 2018 Similarly, a study published earlier this year found that more than half of the freshwater sawfish sampled in Western Australia sported scars inflicted by freshwater crocodiles. National Geographic, "Alligators Attack and Eat Sharks, Study Confirms," 20 Sep. 2017 Ceebu jen, a hearty fish stew, is the national dish, and sawfish — once plentiful but now rare — grace bank notes. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink," 30 Apr. 2017 Ceebu jen, a hearty fish stew, is the national dish, and sawfish — once plentiful but now rare — grace bank notes. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink," 30 Apr. 2017 Ceebu jen, a hearty fish stew, is the national dish, and sawfish — once plentiful but now rare — grace bank notes. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink," 30 Apr. 2017 Ceebu jen, a hearty fish stew, is the national dish, and sawfish — once plentiful but now rare — grace bank notes. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink," 30 Apr. 2017 Ceebu jen, a hearty fish stew, is the national dish, and sawfish — once plentiful but now rare — grace bank notes. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink," 30 Apr. 2017

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1635, in the meaning defined above

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