pl. (see fish) -·fish·, -·fish·es
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
nounpl. oarfish or oar·fish·es
Any of several marine fishes of the family Regalecidae, especially Regalecus glesne, having a slender silvery body up to 11 meters (36 feet) in length, a crimson dorsal fin along its entire length, and long thin pelvic fins.
Origin of oarfishPerhaps from the oarlike appearance of the pelvic fins.
(plural oarfishes or oarfish)
- A large, greatly elongated, type of fish of the family Regalecidae.