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[buht-er-fish] /ˈbʌt ərˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) butterfishes (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) butterfish.
a small, flattened, marine food fish, Peprilus triacanthus, of Atlantic coastal waters of the U.S., having very small scales and smooth skin.
the rock gunnel.
See under gunnel1 .
Origin of butterfish
First recorded in 1665-75; butter + fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Strain and return to the kettle; add the flounder and butterfish in pieces as large as possible, ½ lb.

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    Grace Glergue Harrison and Gertrude Clergue
British Dictionary definitions for butterfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
an eel-like blennioid food fish, Pholis gunnellus, occurring in North Atlantic coastal regions: family Pholidae (gunnels). It has a slippery scaleless golden brown skin with a row of black spots along the base of the long dorsal fin
Also called greenbone, (Māori) marari. an edible reef fish, Coridodax pullus, of esp S New Zealand. It has a slippery purplish-grey to olive-green skin and is often found browsing on kelp
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