American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. Specifically —
- adj. Comprising of soft cartilage rather than bones.
- adj. Related to or resembling cartilage
- adj. mycology Having a tough or fibrous texture, usually in reference to a mushroom stipe
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to cartilage; gristly; firm and tough like cartilage.
- adj. (Zoöl.) 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.
- adj. difficult to chew
- adj. of or relating to cartilage
- Latin cartilaginosus: compare French cartilagineux. (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“So-called cartilaginous fish, such as sharks and rays, with their gristly, rubbery flesh, are increasingly under threat from fishermen around the world.”
“So-called cartilaginous fish, such as sharks and rays, with their gristly, rubbery flesh, are increasingly under threat from fishermen around the …”
“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.”
“Sharks and their relatives, the skates, rays and chimaeras, are cartilaginous fish (they contain no bones).”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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