from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various cartilaginous fishes of the subclass Elasmobranchii, having five to seven pairs of lateral gill slits and including the sharks, rays, and skates.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or having the characters of the Elasmobranchii.
  • noun A vertebrate of the group Elasmobranchii.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Elasmobranchii.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of many cartilaginous fish of the subclass Elasmobranchii

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

  • noun any of numerous fishes of the class Chondrichthyes characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton and placoid scales: sharks; rays; skates


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

[From New Latin Elasmobranchiī, subclass name : Greek elasmos, metal beaten out (from elaunein, elas-, to beat) + Latin branchia, gill; see branchia.]



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