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acanthopterygian Tweet Definition of acanthopterygian Like Definition of acanthopterygian on Facebook
noun
  1. A spiny-finned fish.
adjective
  1. (zoology) Belonging to the order of fishes having spinose fins, as the perch.
adipose fin Tweet Definition of adipose fin Like Definition of adipose fin on Facebook
noun
  1. A soft, fleshy fin found on the back of a fish behind the dorsal fin and just forward of the caudal fin.
albacore Tweet Definition of albacore Like Definition of albacore on Facebook
noun
  1. A large marine fish Thunnus alalunga of warm seas, having edible flesh
alewife Tweet Definition of alewife Like Definition of alewife on Facebook
noun (alewives)
  1. A woman who keeps an alehouse.
alligator gar Tweet Definition of alligator gar Like Definition of alligator gar on Facebook
noun (alligator gar)
  1. a species (Atractosteus spatula) of gar native to the southeastern U.S., known for its extremely large (in excess of 200 lbs) size.
anadromous Tweet Definition of anadromous Like Definition of anadromous on Facebook
adjective (wikipedia, fish migration)
  1. (context, of a migratory fish) that lives in the sea and breeds in fresh water
anal fin Tweet Definition of anal fin Like Definition of anal fin on Facebook
noun
  1. A fin located on the underside of a fish behind the anus.
angelfish Tweet Definition of angelfish Like Definition of angelfish on Facebook
noun ((plural) or angelfishes)
  1. A freshwater fish, tropical cichlids of the genus Pterophyllum.
  2. A marine fish of the family Pomacanthidae, common on shallow tropical reefs.
angler Tweet Definition of angler Like Definition of angler on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who fishes with a hook and line.
A throng of anglers lined the trout stream on opening day of trout season.
  1. An angler fish.
The lured a smaller fish into reach with the appendage on its head.
  1. Someone who tries to work an angle, works an angle; a person who schemes or has an ulterior motive.
''Jonas was a consummate when it came the company's leave policy; he had it figured so he only needed to work six months out of the year.
  1. (slang, 1811) Pilferers or petty thief, thieves, who, with a stick having a hook at the end, steal goods out of shop-windows, grates, etc.
anglerfish Tweet Definition of anglerfish Like Definition of anglerfish on Facebook
noun ((plural) or anglerfishes)
  1. Any fish of the bony fish order Lophiiformes. These fish use an outgrowth that can be wiggled so as to resemble a prey animal to lure and catch their prey.
archer Tweet Definition of archer Like Definition of archer on Facebook
noun (archers)
  1. one who shoots an arrow from a bow or a bolt from a crossbow.

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