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

  • n. A widely distributed marine fish (Regalecus glesne) having a slender silvery body up to 11 meters (36 feet) in length, a bright red dorsal fin along its entire length, and an undulating motion in swimming resembling that of a snake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large, greatly elongated, type of fish of the family Regalecidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The ribbon fish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trachypteroid or tæniosomous fish, Regalecus glesne, of the family Regalecidæ, a kind of ribbon-fish. It attains a length of from 12 to more than 20 feet.

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

  • n. thin deep-water tropical fish 20 to 30 feet long having a red dorsal fin

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Examples

  • MALIBU KTLA -- A 12-foot long oarfish washed ashore in Malibu this week and researchers at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum say they're looking forward to studying it.

    WATCH: Rare, Serpent-Like 'Oarfish' Washes Ashore In Malibu

  • MALIBU KTLA -- A 12-foot long oarfish washed ashore in Malibu this week and researchers at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum say ...

    WATCH: Rare, Serpent-Like 'Oarfish' Washes Ashore In Malibu

  • He says he knew exactly what it was because he learned all about oarfish in school.

    WATCH: Rare, Serpent-Like 'Oarfish' Washes Ashore In Malibu

  • Using a remotely operated vehicle, they caught a rare glimpse of the huge oarfish, perhaps the first sighting of the fish in its natural setting.

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  • The oarfish, which can reach 17m long, has previously only been seen on a few occasions dying at the sea surface, or dead washed ashore.

    Archive 2010-02-07

  • Nevertheless, there aren't really any 'sea serpent' sightings that describe oarfish.

    Oarfish

  • Darren, are you just referring to my vague memory about vertical oarfish, or do you know something about it too?

    Oarfish

  • Vertical swimming in oarfish was described and photographed in...

    Oarfish

  • I remember seeing three preserved oarfish specimens when I was young, somewhere in southern California.

    Oarfish

  • There aren't really any sea serpent accounts that describe oarfish to my knowledge, plus it now turns out that oarfishes hold their bodies VERTICALLY when swimming.

    Oarfish

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