elas·mo·branch i-'laz-mə-.braŋk n, pl -branchs any fish of the class Chondrichthyes
elasmobranch adj

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elas·mo·branch (e-lasґmo-brank) [Gr. elasmos plate + branchia] 1. any cartilaginous fish having platelike gills, each gill slit opening independently on the body surface, such as sharks, skates, rays, and sawfish. See also Chondrichthyes. 2. of or pertaining to such fish.

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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 — 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… …   New Collegiate 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 — 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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