smooth hound


: any of several dogfishes (genus Mustelus) closely related to or included with the requiem sharks

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Examples of smooth hound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meet the sharks offshore, including the leopard, horn, swell and grey smooth hound species. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021

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Word History


from the absence of a spine in front of the dorsal fin

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smooth hound was in 1603

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“Smooth hound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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