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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awr-fish, ohr-]
    • /ˈɔrˌfɪʃ, ˈoʊr-/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awr-fish, ohr-]
    • /ˈɔrˌfɪʃ, ˈoʊr-/

Definitions of oarfish word

  • noun plural oarfish any long, ribbon-shaped, silvery fish of the genus Regalecus, of deep tropical waters, having a red dorsal fin along the spine that rises to a crest, and reaching a length of 30 feet (9 meters). 1
  • noun oarfish A very long, narrow, silvery marine fish of deep water, with a deep red dorsal fin running the length of the body. 1
  • noun oarfish a very long ribbonfish, Regalecus glesne, with long slender ventral fins 0
  • noun oarfish any of a family (Regalecidae, order Lampriformes) of large, long, narrow, deep-sea bony fishes having a fin along the length of the back and a manelike crest behind the head: some reach a length of 9m (c. 29.5 ft) and are responsible for many reports of sea serpents 0

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Origin of oarfish

First appearance:

before 1855
One of the 30% newest English words
First recorded in 1855-60; oar + fish

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oarfish popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 50% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for oarfish

noun oarfish

  • loch ness monster — a large aquatic animal resembling a serpent or a plesiosaurlike reptile, reported to have been seen in the waters of Loch Ness, Scotland, but not proved to exist.
  • giant squid — any squid of the genus Architeuthis, inhabiting deep ocean bottoms and sometimes attaining an arm span of 65 feet (20 meters) or more.
  • hydra — A minute freshwater coelenterate with a stalklike tubular body and a ring of tentacles around the mouth.
  • kraken — a legendary sea monster causing large whirlpools off the coast of Norway.
  • leviathan — (often initial capital letter) Bible. a sea monster.

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