Definitions

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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

Etymologies

lancet +‎ fish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • All kinds of weird species (like the lancetfish shown) wash up on Oregon's beaches.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Speaking of terrifying, a longnose lancetfish recently washed ashore in the state of Washington.

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  • 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.

    MotherJones.com

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  • "On September 4 we set out 400 hooks and the catch consisted of twelve swordfish, one mako shark, three lancetfish, three skates, one blue shark and a leatherback turtle, which was released alive."
    —Joseph Pelczarski, Mass. Coastal Zone Mgmt. Program, 1982, quoted in Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm, 1997 (NY: HarperCollins, 1999), 58

    August 19, 2009