flying gurnard


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flying gurnard

n.
Any of various chiefly tropical marine fishes of the family Dactylopteridae, having greatly enlarged, winglike pectoral fins that facilitate gliding through the water.
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flying gurnard

n
(Animals) any marine spiny-finned gurnard-like fish of the mostly tropical family Dactylopteridae, having enlarged fan-shaped pectoral fins used to glide above the surface of the sea
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fly′ing gur′nard


n.
any marine fish of the family Dactylopteridae, esp. Dactylopterus volitans, having greatly enlarged, colorful pectoral fins that enable it to glide short distances through the air.
[1880–85]
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Noun1.flying gurnard - tropical fish with huge fanlike pectoral fins for underwater glidingflying gurnard - tropical fish with huge fanlike pectoral fins for underwater gliding; unrelated to searobins
scorpaenoid, scorpaenoid fish - fishes having the head armored with bony plates
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