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pigfish

[pig-fish]
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noun, plural pig·fish·es, (especially collectively) pig·fish.
  1. a grunt, Orthopristis chrysoptera, living in waters off the Atlantic coast of the southern U.S.

Origin of pigfish

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; pig1 + fish
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  • Dolphins, rock-cod, pigfish, and blackfish may be caught as quickly as they can be hauled out.

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British Dictionary definitions for pigfish

pigfish

noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. Also called: hogfish any of several grunts, esp Orthopristis chrysopterus, of the North American Atlantic coast
  2. any of several wrasses, such as Achoerodus gouldii (giant pigfish), that occur around the Great Barrier Reef
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