One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small, slender bottom-dwelling fish of the NW Atlantic, with an armour of bony plates and two curved spines on the snout.
- ‘He showed me a unique ‘pez lagarto’ or alligator fish that he had caught and prepared for us.’
- ‘I demanded an explanation of this new threat, and she told me everything she knew: alligator fish are bottom feeders with big chompy teeth.’
- ‘We saw giant clams on the staircases; jacks swimming in the strong currents off the sides of the ship; a camouflaged alligator fish on the deck; and large siphon sponges decorating the hull.’
- ‘The most abundant species in the total catch from all gear types were rock sole, northern sculpin, Pacific halibut, butter sole, Aleutian alligator fish, and fourhorn poacher.’
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