One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of marine fishes that typically have dark spots and a dorsal fin extending the length of the body.
a scaleless Australian fish that has a deep head and tapers towards the tail (family Pataecidae: several genera).
a fish of the North Pacific (Zaprora silenus, the only member of the family Zaproridae).
- ‘There is only one species of prowfish, Zaprora silenus, in the family Zaproridae. This fish is recognized by the blunt face, large pores on head ringed with blue or white, no pelvic fins, and a large caudal fin.’
- ‘The Warty Prowfish can be recognised by its warty skin that is regularly shed like a snake skin.’
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