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  • comprising of soft cartilage rather than bones
         cartilaginous fish such as the angler fish have a skeletal structure made up of cartilage
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Car`ti*lag"i*nous (?), a. [L. cartilaginosus: cf. F. cartilagineux.] 1. Of or pertaining to cartilage; gristly; firm and tough like cartilage.

2. (Zoöl.) Having the skeleton in the state of cartilage, the bones containing little or no calcareous matter; said of certain fishes, as the sturgeon and the sharks.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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