Definition of Lancet fish
1. Noun. Large elongate scaleless oceanic fishes with sharp teeth and a long dorsal fin that resembles a sail.
Generic synonyms: Malacopterygian, Soft-finned Fish
Group relationships: Alepisaurus, Genus Alepisaurus
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Literary usage of Lancet fish
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1. Text-book of Human Physiology: Including Histology and Microscopical Anatomy by Leonard Landois, Albert Philson Brubaker (1905)
"... and the resulting gastrula from amphi oxus (lancet-fish); 5, early and, 6, later development of the hypoblast by invagination in ..."
2. Zoology: Being a Sketch of the Classification, Structure, Distribution, and by William Benjamin Carpenter (1845)
"... distinguished by their lengthened bodies, much flattened at the sides, and having very small scales.—The Lancet-fish combine the small scales of the ..."
3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"... of the world and variously known as doctor-fish, lancet-fish, tangs and among the Spanish-speaking fishermen of the West Indies as barberos and medicos. ..."
4. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"... so called from the lancet-shaped spine on each side of the base of the tail, and also named sea-surgeon, doctor-fab, lancet-fish, and barber. ..."