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Definition: Angel fish
, n. [Of uncertain origin; perhaps through OF. fr.
carcharus a kind of dogfish, Gr. karchari`as, so called from
its sharp teeth, fr. ka`rcharos having sharp or jagged teeth;
or perhaps named from its rapacity (cf. Shark
, v. t. & i.);
cf. Corn. scarceas.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of elasmobranch
fishes of the order Plagiostomi, found in all seas.
Note: Some sharks, as the basking shark and the whale shark,
grow to an enormous size, the former becoming forty
feet or more, and the latter sixty feet or more, in
length. Most of them are harmless to man, but some are
exceedingly voracious. The man-eating sharks mostly
belong to the genera Carcharhinus
related genera. They have several rows of large sharp
teeth with serrated edges, as the great white shark
or Carcharodon Rondeleti
of tropical seas, and the great blue shark
) of all tropical and temperate
seas. The former sometimes becomes thirty-six feet
long, and is the most voracious and dangerous species
known. The rare man-eating shark of the United States
coast (Charcarodon Atwoodi
) is thought by some to be
a variety, or the young, of C. carcharias
. The dusky
shark (Carcharhinus obscurus
), and the smaller blue
shark (C. caudatus
), both common species on the coast
of the United States, are of moderate size and not
dangerous. They feed on shellfish and bottom fishes.
2. A rapacious, artful person; a sharper. [Colloq.]
3. Trickery; fraud; petty rapine; as, to live upon the shark.
, Liver shark
, Nurse shark
, Oil shark
, Tiger shark
, etc. See under Basking
, etc. See also Dogfish
, and Tope
, the sand shark.
. See Hammerhead
Port Jackson shark
. See Cestraciont
, the eggcase of a shark; a sea purse.
. Same as Angel fish
(a), under Angel
or Thresher shark
, a large, voracious
shark. See Thrasher
, a huge harmless shark (Rhinodon typicus
the Indian Ocean. It becomes sixty feet or more in length,
but has very small teeth.
, n. [AS. [ae]ngel, engel, influenced by OF.
angele, angle, F. ange. Both the AS. and the OF. words are
from L. angelus, Gr. 'a`ggelos messenger, a messenger of God,
1. A messenger. [R.]
The dear good angel of the Spring,
The nightingale. --B. Jonson.
2. A spiritual, celestial being, superior to man in power and
intelligence. In the Scriptures the angels appear as God's
O, welcome, pure-eyed Faith, white-handed Hope,
Thou hovering angel, girt with golden wings.
3. One of a class of “fallen angels;”
an evil spirit; as,
the devil and his angels.
4. A minister or pastor of a church, as in the Seven Asiatic
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write.
--Rev. ii. 1.
5. Attendant spirit; genius; demon. --Shak.
6. An appellation given to a person supposed to be of angelic
goodness or loveliness; a darling.
When pain and anguish wring the brow,
A ministering angel thou. --Sir W.
7. (Numis.) An ancient gold coin of England, bearing the
figure of the archangel Michael. It varied in value from
6s. 8d. to 10s. --Amer. Cyc.
Note: Angel is sometimes used adjectively; as, angel grace;
, a bed without posts.
(a) A species of shark (Squatina angelus
) from six to
eight feet long, found on the coasts of Europe and
North America. It takes its name from its pectoral
fins, which are very large and extend horizontally
like wings when spread.
(b) One of several species of compressed, bright colored
fishes warm seas, belonging to the family
, standard gold. [Obs.] --Fuller.
. See Angel fish
(Mil.), a kind of chain shot.
, a perfumed liquid made at first chiefly from
angelica; afterwards containing rose, myrtle, and
orange-flower waters, with ambergris, etc. [Obs.]
Angel fish \An"gel fish\
See under Angel