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toadfish

[tohd-fish]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) toad·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) toad·fish·es.
  1. any of several thick-headed, wide-mouthed fishes of the family Batrachoididae, as Opsanus tau (oyster toadfish), ranging along the Atlantic coast of the U.S.
  2. puffer(def 2).

Origin of toadfish

First recorded in 1605–15; toad + fish
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Examples from the Web for toadfish

Historical Examples

  • The best way to do this with man as well as with toadfish is to learn about their lives.

    The Fall of the Year

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • It is along in June that the toadfish of our New England bays begin to look round for their summer homes.

    The Fall of the Year

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  • Does the toadfish become anything more than a mere toadfish in a shoe before the end of the chapter?

    The Fall of the Year

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  • The toadfish of this story is Batrachus tau, sometimes called oyster-fish or sapo.

    The Fall of the Year

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British Dictionary definitions for toadfish

toadfish

noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. any spiny-finned bottom-dwelling marine fish of the family Batrachoididae, of tropical and temperate seas, having a flattened tapering body and a wide mouth
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