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

  • n. Any of several marine fishes of the family Rhinobatidae, having a guitar-shaped body and related to the skates and rays.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the fish in the Rhinobatidae family of rays.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A primitive tropical bottom-dwelling ray of the family Rhinobatidae with a guitar-shaped body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shark-like ray of the family Rhinobatidæ, inhabiting warm seas; specifically, Rhinobatus productus.

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

  • n. primitive tropical bottom-dwelling ray with a guitar-shaped body


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  • Do a google image search of "guitarfish" if you'd like to see several other examples of this species.

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  • Migrant pelagic include tunnies Thunnus spp., smalltooth sawfish Pristis pectinata guitarfish Rhinobatos spp., and smooth hammerhead shark Sphyrna zygaena.

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  • Endless Ocean This game is nothing less than a drug-trip simulator, immersing you in an "ocean" of pharmaceutical stimulation where you view such long-standing symbols of drug culture as dolphins, humpback whales and bowmouth guitarfish.

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  • The Gulf is an area valuable to science, increasingly important for tourism and is an important economic fishery, especially for blue shrimp, corvina, northern milkfish, sierra, manta ray, guitarfish, shark, crab and clam.

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  • Many of the pieces reference nautical themes, from glistening metal benches shaped like a school of shovelnose guitarfish by Leslie Bruning, to Russell Baldon's "Moor" chairs made of cypress trees that are fastened to metal bollards like ships.

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  • The 80 animals on display include cownose rays, guitarfish, leopard whiptail rays, epaulette sharks, zebra sharks, and blacknose sharks. Top Stories

  • At a glace it looks like a demented guitarfish but I don't think that's what it actually is.

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  • "Species such as the Spot-tail shark, Bowmouth guitarfish and the Blacktip Shark are also being targeted and they are classified as vulnerable," Mr Teasdale said. News of the Underwater World

  • Sharks, ray, and guitarfish all belong to the subclass Elasmobranchii within the cartilaginous fish class Chondrichthyes.

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  • Eventually, I see the lagoon's shyer inhabitant, the guitarfish, whose body markings and shape resemble an upside down guitar.

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