Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or consisting of cartilage.
  • adj. Having a skeleton consisting mainly of cartilage.
  • adj. Having the texture of cartilage; firm and tough, yet flexible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Comprising of soft cartilage rather than bones.
  • adj. Related to or resembling cartilage
  • adj. Having a tough or fibrous texture, usually in reference to a mushroom stipe

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to cartilage; gristly; firm and tough like cartilage.
  • adj. Having the skeleton in the state of cartilage, the bones containing little or no calcareous matter; said of certain fishes, as the sturgeon and the sharks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Gristly; consisting of cartilage; being in the state or form of cartilage.
  • In ichthyology, having a gristly skeleton; chondropterygian: as, a cartilaginous fish.
  • Like or likened to cartilage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. difficult to chew
  • adj. of or relating to cartilage

Etymologies

Latin cartilaginosus: compare French cartilagineux. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the present creation fishes are either osseous or cartilaginous, that is, with bony skeletons, or with a framework of elastic, semi-transparent animal matter, like the shark; and the ichthyolites of the Old Red Sandstone unite these characteristics, resembling in some respects the osseous and in others the cartilaginous tribes.

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  • So-called cartilaginous fish, such as sharks and rays, with their gristly, rubbery flesh, are increasingly under threat from fishermen around the world.

    euronews

  • So-called cartilaginous fish, such as sharks and rays, with their gristly, rubbery flesh, are increasingly under threat from fishermen around the …

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  • Jack Musick, professor emeritus at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, helped oversee a global study that suggests roughly 33 percent of cartilaginous fishes are threatened.

    Global extinction crisis looms, new study says

  • Sharks and their relatives, the skates, rays and chimaeras, are cartilaginous fish (they contain no bones).

    Dr. Reese Halter: Protecting Great White Sharks

  • But in a study of 25,000 vertebrates, 41% of amphibians are threatened, 25% of mammals, 22% of reptiles, 13% of birds, 33% of cartilaginous fish such as sharks, and 15% of bony fish such as southern bluefin tuna.

    A War Against Extinction

  • But even modern baleen whales which are here probably a better comparison as they lack the melons of modern toothed whales have bulbous nostrils which have cartilaginous and musculous parts, what leads to a different external profile and postion of the nostrils than the bare bone would show.

    Maiacetus, Part 2

  • Across the intertragical notch is the prominence known as the antitragus, part of the stiff cartilaginous shelf from which hangs the fleshy auricular lobule earlobe.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Before anyone could reply, Chakotay heard a loud cartilaginous snap as Logt threw her body forward, lifting Cambridge from the ground and rolling him over the back of her head.

    Star Trek: Voyager®: Full Circle

  • "Robert E. Hueter, director of the Center for Shark Research at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., said the finding helped fill a gap in understanding of parthenogenesis, which has been found to occur in most vertebrate lines except mammals and, until now, cartilaginous fishes like sharks."

    Archive 2007-05-01

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