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n. pl. sawfish or saw·fish·es
Any of various marine cartilaginous fishes of the family Pristidae, having a sharklike body and a long thin snout with teeth along both sides.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any sharklike ray of the family Pristidae of subtropical coastal waters and estuaries, having a serrated bladelike mouth



n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any large, sharklike ray of the genus Pristis, living along tropical coasts and lowland rivers, with a bladelike snout edged with strong teeth.
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Noun1.sawfish - primitive ray with sharp teeth on each edge of a long flattened snoutsawfish - primitive ray with sharp teeth on each edge of a long flattened snout
ray - cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
family Pristidae, Pristidae - large primitive rays with elongated snouts
Pristis pectinatus, smalltooth sawfish - commonly found in tropical bays and estuaries; not aggressive


[ˈsɔːfɪʃ] N (sawfish or sawfishes (pl)) → pez m sierra
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With these listings, member countries agreed to grant strict protection to the reef manta, the nine devil rays, and the five sawfishes, and committed to work internationally to conserve all three species of thresher sharks, two types of hammerheads, and the silky shark.
Through the long mornings, she'd sleep with me in the van or sit bolt upright on the seat across and, with her palm pressed against her forehead as though she were overheated, tell me of Trapani in the far west of Sicily, or of sawfishes, which she claimed to have found in brackish waters as far as eighty kilometers upriver from the sea, or of her hair, which was the gift of her grandmother and one, she promised me, she wouldn't trade for the Bactrian hoard.
Sawfishes use their spiked snouts as a combination sword, antenna and serving spoon--but not much at all as a saw, scientists have found.
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