Pronunciation: (rib'un-fish"), [key]
—pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) -fish•es.
1. any of several marine fishes of the families Trachipteridae, Regalicidae, and Lophotidae, having a long, compressed, ribbonlike body.
2. any of several related fishes, as the oarfish.
3. any of several unrelated but similar fishes, as the cutlassfish and jackknife-fish. Also called snakefish.
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