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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fin-ray one of the rods or rays supporting a fish's fin
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. finn; L. pinna, a fin.


In literature:

A small broad fish with sharp belly, and a long ray behind the dorsal fin, was also caught.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
Pectoral fin, fifteen rays, first very short: Ventral fin, five rays, one very strong, short.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
This variation depends on the degree or expansion of the fins, and both may be much rounded by pulling the rays apart.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
The first dorsal fin has 11 spines, the ventrals having 1 + 6 rays, and the anals 3 + 6.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
It has sixteen rays in the anal fin.
"Fishing in British Columbia" by Thomas Wilson Lambert
The wide, kite-like fins of rays, quivered in their sticky glue.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Flying fish moved their silver fins in his last rays.
"Tales from the German" by Various
A bony rayed and a cartilaginous rayed fin.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
The fins have no visible rays, but merely streaks, yet they are not adipose, or fat, fins.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
The black bass is a short, deep fish with a double dorsal fin; the front half being stiff and spiney and the latter half soft and rayed.
"Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast" by Harry Thom Payne
The fins of the back are scaly, and the gill-membrane six-rayed.
"Antigua and the Antiguans, Volume II (of 2)" by Anonymous
Dorsal fin nearly as long as the body, with simple flexible rays.
"Zoological Illustrations, Volume I" by William Swainson
The fin rays are long and slender, and the caudal fin is double concave.
"Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others" by James Alexander Henshall
Don't try to paint fish scales with a sash tool, or delicate fin-rays with a fitch.
"Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting" by William T. Hornaday
The haemal spines of the turned-up tip of the tail are flattened (hypural bones) and serve to support the caudal fin rays.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
These rays closely resemble the horny fin-rays in the fins of embryo Elasmobranchii in their development and structure.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour
The fins of a fish are composed of bony rods or rays joined by membrane.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg