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Meaning of "oarfish" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD OARFISH

Referring to the flattened oarlike body.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF OARFISH

oarfish  [ˈɔːˌfɪʃ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OARFISH

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Oarfish is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES OARFISH MEAN IN ENGLISH?

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Oarfish

Oarfish are large, greatly elongated, pelagic lampriform fish belonging to the small family Regalecidae. Found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet rarely seen, the oarfish family contains four species in two genera. One of these, the giant oarfish, is the longest bony fish alive, growing to up to 11 m in length. That is not enough to qualify as the longest fish, however, as some of the cartilaginous fish such as the basking shark and whale shark are even longer. The common name oarfish is thought to be in reference either to their highly compressed and elongated bodies, or to the now discredited belief that the fish "row" themselves through the water with their pelvic fins. The family name Regalecidae is derived from the Latin regalis, meaning "royal". The occasional beachings of oarfish after storms, and their habit of lingering at the surface when sick or dying, make oarfish a probable source of many sea serpent tales like "The Serpent of Gloucester" and so forth. The tales that have come from these odd creatures has struck fear into the hearts of many people before they knew what it was.

Definition of oarfish in the English dictionary

The definition of oarfish in the dictionary is a very long ribbonfish, Regalecus glesne, with long slender ventral fins Also called: king of the herrings.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH OARFISH


blowfish
ˈbləʊˌfɪʃ
bluefish
ˈbluːˌfɪʃ
boarfish
ˈbɔːˌfɪʃ
catfish
ˈkætˌfɪʃ
crawfish
ˈkrɔːˌfɪʃ
crayfish
ˈkreɪˌfɪʃ
dealfish
ˈdiːlˌfɪʃ
garfish
ˈɡɑːˌfɪʃ
goldfish
ˈɡəʊldˌfɪʃ
guitarfish
ɡɪˈtɑːˌfɪʃ
jellyfish
ˈdʒɛlɪˌfɪʃ
jewfish
ˈdʒuːˌfɪʃ
sailfish
ˈseɪlˌfɪʃ
sawfish
ˈsɔːˌfɪʃ
scarfish
ˈskɑːˌfɪʃ
shellfish
ˈʃɛlˌfɪʃ
squawfish
ˈskwɔːˌfɪʃ
starfish
ˈstɑːˌfɪʃ
swordfish
ˈsɔːdˌfɪʃ
whitefish
ˈwaɪtˌfɪʃ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OARFISH

oakum
Oakville
oakwood
oaky
Oamaru stone
oanshagh
OAP
OAPEC
oar
oarage
oared
oarless
oarlike
oarlock
oarsman
oarsmanship
oarsmen
oarswoman
oarweed
oary

WORDS THAT END LIKE OARFISH

anglerfish
archerfish
big fish
butterfish
dollarfish
drink like a fish
dwarfish
fish
Golden Starfish
oafish
overfish
selfish
serfish
silverfish
spearfish
stockfish
suckerfish
triggerfish
unselfish
viperfish

Synonyms and antonyms of oarfish in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «oarfish» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OARFISH

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The translations of oarfish from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «oarfish» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

皇带鱼
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

oarfish
570 millions of speakers

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oarfish
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Translator English - Hindi

oarfish
380 millions of speakers
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oarfish
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

oarfish
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Translator English - Portuguese

oarfish
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ক্ষেপণীসজিত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

oarfish
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Oared
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

oarfish
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

リュウグウノツカイ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

oarfish
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Oared
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

oarfish
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

oared
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ओअर
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kürekli
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

oarfish
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

oarfish
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

oarfish
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

oarfish
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

oarfish
15 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Afrikaans

oarfish
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

Oarfish
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

oarfish
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of oarfish

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OARFISH»

The term «oarfish» is regularly used and occupies the 71.419 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OARFISH» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about oarfish

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OARFISH»

Discover the use of oarfish in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to oarfish and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Systematics, Biology, and Distribution of the Species of the ...
This book offers a wealth of information about these long-bodied creatures and their remarkable biology.
Tyson R. Roberts, 2012
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Oarfish
Oarfish are large, greatly elongated, pelagic Lampriform fishes comprising the small family Regalecidae. Found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet rarely seen, the oarfish family contains four species in two genera.
Jesse Russell, Ronald Cohn, 2012
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Oceans: A Scientific History of Oceans and Marine Life
Oarfish, for example, have sometimes been mistaken for sea serpents. ere are four species of oarfish, but the one most likely to be mistaken for a serpent is Regalecus glesne, also called king of the herrings. It is the longest fish in the world, ...
Michael Allaby, 2009
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An Introduction to Probability and Inductive Logic
The slender oarfish. A rare deep-sea creature, the slender oarfish, is helping Japanese scientists predict major earthquakes. In Japanese folklore, if an oarfish, which normally lives at depths of more than 200 meters, is landed in nets, then ...
Ian Hacking, 2001
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The Everything Aquarium Book: All You Need to Build the ...
The oarfish (Regalecus glesne) is the longest of the bony fish and is exceeded in length only by the cartilaginous whale shark and basking shark. Measured at a length of 26 feet, estimates of oarfish observed but not captured indicate that they  ...
Frank Indiviglio, 2006
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Dark Life
I was curious, but I also knew that when my sister started talking about some creature, everything else slipped from her mind. Sure enough, she looked adoringly at the limp sea serpent. “He's an oarfish, Ty. Really rare. Help me get the rest of ...
Kat Falls, 2011
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Lake and Sea Monsters
Another top contender for sea monster look-alike is the oarfish. Also known as the ribbonfish because of its slim, sinuous body, the oarfish is the longest known bony fish and can reach up to 50 feet in length! Although its normal home is about ...
Linda S. Godfrey, 2009
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Sacred Monsters: Mysterious and Mythical Creatures of ...
There have been numerous reports of a strange, huge, serpentine creature at sea, but there is no single idea as to what this creature supposedly is. There is no known animal that matches its description. The closest is probably the oarfish, ...
Nosson Slifkin, 2007
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On the Origin of Tepees: Why Some Ideas Spread While Others ...
THE OARFISH(REGALECUS GLESNE) The OddestofAllthe Oddities oftheSea. Mostpeople haveneverheard ofthis fish. Those who have don't necessarily believe it exists. It's the starofsea serpentlegends around the world.In Norway,the  ...
Jonnie Hughes, 2012
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Two Minutes for God: Quick Fixes for the Spirit
The curator believes Cartwright may have seen an oarfish, but he added that there are several deepwater fish that appear to be new species. In the absence of a specimen he can only speculate. Cartwright says, "I looked up oarfish on the ...
Peter B. Panagore, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OARFISH»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term oarfish is used in the context of the following news items.
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Rare "Sea Serpent" Oarfish Wash Ashore On New Zealand And …
Known as oarfish or Regalecus russelii, the colossal deep-sea creatures that measured 10-feet and 17-feet long respectively, are a rare sight. «DOGOnews, Jul 15»
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Rare Oarfish Found In California: Fishing Boat Caught Sea Serpent …
A rare oarfish found in California was caught for the very first time while fishing with rod and reel. The sea serpent sighting occurred near Santa ... «The Inquisitr, Jul 15»
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Rare oarfish hooked by angler, in what might be a first
It's rare enough to see an oarfish, but to hook and reel in one of these deep-sea denizens from a fishing boat might be unprecedented. «Pete Thomas Outdoor, Jul 15»
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Oarfish images are courtesy of Fortune Sportfishing
A large sheet of rock is missing from the face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, and it's likely to alter climbing routes on the iconic granite ... «Pete Thomas Outdoor, Jul 15»
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First-ever oarfish caught on rod and reel
#The oarfish is thought to inhabit the epipelagic to mesopelagic layers, ranging as deeply as 1,000 meters (3,300 ft) and is rarely seen on the ... «San Diego Reader, Jun 15»
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The Best Weather Imagery of June 2015 | The Weather Channel
Beachgoers were stunned to see this huge 13.5 foot Oarfish lying in the sand on Catalina Island, California. «The Weather Channel, Jun 15»
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Another Oarfish for Research
Not many people were more thrilled than Misty Paig-Tran was when she heard that the remains of the 14-foot-long oarfish found off Santa ... «CSUF News, Jun 15»
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Oarfish find at Moeraki Boulders
Maree Dobson was back in New Zealand and stopped at Moeraki Boulders on her way back from Dunedin only to find an oarfish washed up on ... «Stuff.co.nz, Jun 15»
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Another oarfish brought to CSUF for research
The carcass of a rarely seen oarfish was discovered June 1 on a beach on Santa Catalina Island. COURTESY OF MIRANDA PRADO. «OCRegister, Jun 15»
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The Rare Oarfish
A dead oarfish appeared on Catalina Island, about 35 kilometers off the coast of Los Angeles. The specimen is the fifth of these mysterious ... «CSUF News, Jun 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Oarfish [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/oarfish>. Oct 2019 ».
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