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- n. A voracious deep-sea fish in the genus Alepisaurus, having long, lancet-like teeth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large, elongated, scaleless, voracious, deep-sea fish (Alepidosaurus ferox), having long, sharp, lancetlike teeth and a long saillike dorsal fin.
- n. The doctor, or surgeon fish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large elongate scaleless oceanic fishes with sharp teeth and a long dorsal fin that resembles a sail
All kinds of weird species (like the lancetfish shown) wash up on Oregon's beaches.
Speaking of terrifying, a longnose lancetfish recently washed ashore in the state of Washington.
DSL species rise at night-some to waters as shallow as 30 feet deep-for a variety of reasons: Some are avoiding the daytime surface hunters; others are avoiding the nocturnal hunters of the DSL who don't rise (like lancetfish); still others are saving energy by spending their days in a sleeplike state prompted by the frigid waters.
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