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swellfish

[swel-fish]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) swell·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) swell·fish·es.
  1. puffer(def 2).

Origin of swellfish

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; swell + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for swellfish

swellfish

noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. a popular name for puffer (def. 2)
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