from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small sharks, chiefly of the family Squalidae, of Atlantic and Pacific coastal waters. Also called grayfish.
- n. See bowfin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various small sharks, especially those from the families Scyliorhinidae, Dalatiidae, and Squalidae.
- n. The bowfin, Amia calva.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small shark, of many species, of the genera Mustelus, Scyllium, Spinax, etc.
- n. The bowfin (Amia calva). See Bowfin.
- n. The burbot of Lake Erie.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of various selachians and fishes belonging to widely distinct families.
- n. A name of the menobranchus or mud-puppy, Necturus maculatus, a batrachian reptile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. primitive long-bodied carnivorous freshwater fish with a very long dorsal fin; found in sluggish waters of North America
- n. any of several small sharks
These they called dogfish and nurse and we have citations for those uses back about 100 years before this new fancy shark word.
There's a fish in my home town called a dogfish, which as far as I can tell is a purely local name and means different things in different areas.
My dogfish is a salt water shark that has skin that can be used as sandpaper, and bears its young live.
I forgot to mention the salt-water dogfish, which is a kind of shark and is an important food fish,IIRC.
"But after all, a dogfish is a shark, and aren't sharks the most vicious creatures o 'the sea?"
In the three-year period ending with 2009, the hook-and-line groundfish fleet reported catching a total of 4,622 sharks, not including the spiny dogfish, which is the subject of a commercial fishery.
Incidentally, I always thought a "dogfish" was a nasty little shark, about 3' long, which favors rocky coastlines.
I used this DB to try to figure out what the local Minnesota "dogfish" is.
"I used this DB to try to figure out what the local Minnesota "dogfish" is."
There are so many fish named "dogfish" that it proved impossible.