Definition of oarfish in English:


nounplural noun oarfish, plural noun oarfishes

  • A very long, narrow silvery marine fish of deep water, with a deep red dorsal fin running the length of the body.

    Also called ribbonfish

    Regalecus glesne, family Regalecidae

    ‘Working from a duplicate slide, he identified the fish as the oarfish noting, however, that the head appeared more blunt than in existing illustrations.’
    • ‘They may be explained, rationally, as giant turtles, giant squid, or the large sunfish or oarfish that bask on the surface of the water.’
    • ‘The Oarfish is reported to be the longest of all fishes.’
    • ‘Oarfish can reach lengths of 60 feet, and live in the abyssal plain, about 6000 feet below the ocean's surface.’
    • ‘The oarfish, also called the ‘king of herrings’ is the one of two members of the Regalecus (Latin for regal) genus.’



/ˈôrˌfiSH/ /ˈɔrˌfɪʃ/