noun (plural -branchs) Etymology: ultimately from Greek elasmos metal plate (from elaunein) + branchia gills Date: 1872 any of a subclass (Elasmobranchii) of cartilaginous fishes that have five to seven lateral to ventral gill openings on each side and that comprise the sharks, rays, skates, and extinct related fishes • elasmobranch adjective

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  • Elasmobranch — E*las mo*branch, a. (Zo[ o]l.) Of or pertaining to the Elasmobranchii. n. One of the Elasmobranchii. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elasmobranch — [ē las′mō braŋk΄, ēlaz′mō braŋk΄] adj. [< ModL Elasmobranchii < Gr elasmos, beaten metal (akin to ELASTIC) + L branchia, gills] designating or of a class (Chondrichthyes) of fishes characterized by cartilaginous skeletons, placoid scales,… …   English World dictionary

  • elasmobranch — /i las meuh brangk , i laz /, adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the Elasmobranchii, the subclass of cartilaginous fishes comprising the sharks and rays. n. 2. an elasmobranch fish. [1870 75; < NL Elasmobranchii, equiv. to Gk elasm(ós) beaten… …   Universalium

  • elasmobranch — elas·mo·branch i laz mə .braŋk n, pl branchs any fish of the class Chondrichthyes elasmobranch adj * * * elas·mo·branch (e lasґmo brank) [Gr. elasmos plate + branchia] 1. any cartilaginous fish having platelike gills, each gill slit opening… …   Medical dictionary

  • elasmobranch — e•las•mo•branch [[t]ɪˈlæs məˌbræŋk, ɪˈlæz [/t]] adj. 1) ich belonging or pertaining to the Elasmobranchii, the subclass of cartilaginous fishes comprising the sharks and rays 2) ich an elasmobranch fish • Etymology: 1870–75; < NL… …   From formal English to slang

  • elasmobranch — /əˈlæzməbræŋk/ (say uh lazmuhbrangk), /i / (say ee ) adjective 1. of the Elasmobranchii, the group of vertebrates including the sharks and rays, with cartilaginous skeletons and five to seven pairs of gill openings. –noun 2. an elasmobranch fish …  

  • elasmobranch — noun Any of many cartilaginous fish of the subclass Elasmobranchii …   Wiktionary

  • elasmobranch — [ɪ lazmə(ʊ)braŋk] noun Zoology a cartilaginous fish of a group (subclass Elasmobranchii) that comprises the sharks, rays, and skates. Origin C19: from mod. L. Elasmobranchii, from Gk elasmos beaten metal + brankhia gills …   English new terms dictionary

  • elasmobranch — elas·mo·branch …   English syllables

  • elasmobranch — n. Zool. any cartilaginous fish of the subclass Chondrichthyes, e.g. sharks, skates, rays. Etymology: mod.L elasmobranchii f. Gk elasmos beaten metal + bragkhia gills …   Useful english dictionary

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