One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small fish of the Indo-Pacific, with a long flattened snout and a laterally compressed body encased in thin bony shields that meet to form a sharp ridge on the belly.
Family Centriscidae: several genera and species, including Aeoliscus strigatus, which swims in a head-down vertical posture
- ‘The pièce de résistance, though, was a gargantuan platter of seafood overflowing with everything from lobster all the way down to razorfish.’
2A small, brightly colored wrasse (fish) with a steeply sloping forehead, living chiefly in sandy coastal waters of the western Atlantic.
Genus Hemipteronotus, family Labridae: several species
- ‘Today virtually every household has a deep freeze where packets of sandeel, mackerel strip, crab and razorfish can be kept from the end of one season till the beginning of the next.’
- ‘Juvenile rockmover wrasse and dwarf scorpionfish, ghost pipefish, razorfish, stonefish, mantis shrimps, snake eels, and the flamboyant anemone hermit crab are frequently seen in this area.’
- ‘Worm tipped off with razorfish splints down each side and bound with elastic thread is a cracking bait.’
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