Definition of ratfish in English:


Pronunciation /ˈratˌfiSH/ /ˈrætˌfɪʃ/

nounratfish, ratfishes

  • 1A blunt-nosed chimaera with rodent-like front teeth and a long, thin tail, found chiefly in cooler waters.

    Genera Chimaera and Hydrolagus, family Chimaeridae: several species, including H. colliei of the eastern North Pacific

    ‘Apparently living at great depths with the hagfish, the prehistoric ratfish was recently discovered off Brazil by scientists.’
    See also rabbitfish
    • ‘The others catch sight of the ratfish at the same time as me, but it is not alone - there are five of these ‘monsters ‘in the cleft.’’
    • ‘Hard to miss, especially by night divers, whose lights catch the gleam from its huge opalescent eyes, is the ratfish, which cruises by on wing-like pectoral fins.’
    • ‘The ratfish is normally a deep-dweller but in some Norwegian fjords it can be seen as shallow as 10m’
    • ‘Bright orange sea bushes, sea trees, sponges, wolf-fish, strange-looking ratfish and even reefs of lophelia coral welcome divers to Norway's cold but clear waters - visibility can be up to 50m.’
  • 2

    another term for rabbitfish

    • ‘Their diet includes squid, skates, ratfish, rockfish, and octopus, as well as pelagic fishes such as mackerel and sardines.’