Definition of spiny dogfish in English:

spiny dogfish


  • A large white-spotted gray dogfish with venomous spines in front of the dorsal fins. It occurs in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, often in large shoals.

    Squalus acanthias, family Squalidae

    ‘To date, the researchers have succeeded in outfitting spiny dogfish, a small shark species, with neural implants and stimulating the brain region sensitive to smell.’
    • ‘In the UK, don't buy ‘rock salmon’ - it could be spiny dogfish.’
    • ‘Many elasmobranchs may use a combination of these behaviors, such as the spiny dogfish, S. acanthus, which uses all three mechanisms variably to capture prey depending on prey size.’
    • ‘No, I mean, that's a small spiny dogfish shark.’


spiny dogfish

/ˈspīnē ˈdôɡˌfiSH/ /ˈspaɪni ˈdɔɡˌfɪʃ/