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launce(lăns, läns, lôns)
See sand lance.
[Perhaps alteration of lance.]
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(Animals) another name for the sand eel
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any slender marine fish of the family Ammodytidae that burrows into the sand.
[1770–80; appar. lance, from its shape]
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|Noun||1.||launce - 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
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