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Definition of "fish" []

  • Any of numerous cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates of the superclass Pisces, characteristically having fins, gills, and a streamlined body and including specifically: (noun)
  • Any of the class Osteichthyes, having a bony skeleton. (noun)
  • Any of the class Chondrichthyes, having a cartilaginous skeleton and including the sharks, rays, and skates. (noun)
  • The flesh of such animals used as food. (noun)
  • Any of various primitive aquatic vertebrates of the class Cyclostomata, lacking jaws and including the lampreys and hagfishes. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fish" in a sentence
  • "Meat, poultry, and fish• Place raw meat, poultry, or fish in a covered dish to keep the juices from dripping onto other foods, and store it in the back of the refrigerator."
  • "The schooners make three trips to the banks of Newfoundland in a season; the first, or spring cargo, are large, thick fish, which, after being properly salted and dried, are kept alternately above and under ground, till they become so mellow as to be denominated _dumb fish_."
  • "-- According to the quantity of fat it contains, fish may be divided into two classes: _ (_a_) dry, or_ lean _fish_, and _ (_b_) oily fish_."