sand lance

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sand lance

or sand·lance (sănd′lăns′)
Any of several small slender marine fishes of the family Ammodytidae, which burrow in the sand and are often used for bait. Also called launce, sand eel.

sand lance


sand launce

(Animals) another name for the sand eel

sand′ lance`

any slender marine fish of the family Ammodytidae that burrows into the sand.
[1770–80; appar. lance, from its shape]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sand lance - very small silvery eellike schooling fishes that burrow into sandy beachessand lance - very small silvery eellike schooling fishes that burrow into sandy beaches
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
Ammodytes, genus Ammodytes - type genus of the Ammodytidae
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