Definition of ratfish in English:


nounplural noun ratfish, plural noun ratfishes

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

    See also rabbitfish

    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.’
    • ‘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.’



/ˈratˌfiSH/ /ˈrætˌfɪʃ/