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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

Examples of sawfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2015, a group of marine biologists from several American institutions documented parthenogenesis in wild sawfish, a type of ray also known as a carpenter shark. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Neither sawfish showed signs of injuries or other apparent death indications. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Apr. 2021 Another female sawfish was found near Marvin Key and measured 12 feet, reports Gwen Filosa for the Miami Herald. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Apr. 2021 The sea animals have similar chainsaw-like mouths to another ocean fish, known as the sawfish, though they aren’t at all related. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, 20 Mar. 2020 The numbers of sawfish in the ocean have declined dramatically over the years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 4 Nov. 2019 Smalltooth sawfish are typically found in shallow, coastal waters, the NOAA says on its website, and in the United States they are found only off the Florida coast. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 4 Nov. 2019 It's even been seen in sharks and rays that are in the care of humans, including sawfish, blacktip sharks, leopard sharks and several other types. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, 30 Aug. 2018 Smalltooth sawfish are related to sharks and were listed under the Endangered Species Act in 2003. Saryn Chorney,, 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of sawfish

1635, in the meaning defined above

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“Sawfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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