Time for some fish anatomy. This week’s word is adipose.
Pronounced – AH-di-poze
Meaning – the small fin between the dorsal (back) and caudal (tail) fins. Sometimes call the fat fin.
Origin – from the medical term for fatty tissue.
Example usage – many species of tetra have an adipose fin.
Trivia – In the children’s television series Dr Who, The Adipose were a race of vaguely humanoid blobs of fat.
Trivia 2 – In some rivers in the USA it’s the practice of the fishery authorities to clip the adipose fin of all the fish they release into the rivers. Anglers can then distinguish between wild and released fish and are required to return all wild fish back into the water.
Trivia 3 – The purpose of the adipose fin is not known!