Elasmobranch meaning

ĭ-lăzmə-brăngk
Any of various cartilaginous fishes of the subclass Elasmobranchii, having five to seven pairs of lateral gill slits and including the sharks, rays, and skates.
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Designating or of a class (Chondrichthyes) of fishes characterized by cartilaginous skeletons, placoid scales, and lack of air bladders.
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Any fish of this class, as the shark, skate, or ray.
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Any of numerous cartilaginous fishes of the subclass Elasmobranchii, having five to seven gill slits on each side, dermal denticles for scales, and a small respiratory opening (spiracle) behind each eye. The pectoral fins of elasmobranchs are often greatly enlarged. Elasmobranchs include the sharks, rays, and skates.
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Any of many cartilaginous fish of the subclass Elasmobranchii.
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Origin of elasmobranch

  • From New Latin Elasmobranchiī subclass name Greek elasmos metal beaten out (from elaunein elas- to beat) Latin branchia gill branchia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition