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wolffish

[woo lf-fish]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) wolf·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) wolf·fish·es.
  1. any large fish of the genus Anarhichas, as A. lupus of the northern Atlantic, allied to the blenny and noted for its ferocious appearance and habits.
  2. lancetfish.

Origin of wolffish

First recorded in 1560–70; wolf + fish
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Historical Examples

  • It also devours dead fishes, bones and all, and in return is swallowed whole by the wolffish and other large fishes.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold


British Dictionary definitions for wolffish

wolffish

noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. any large northern deep-sea blennioid fish of the family Anarhichadidae, such as Anarhichas lupus. They have large sharp teeth and no pelvic fins and are used as food fishesAlso called: catfish
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