angler

[ ang-gler ]
/ ˈæŋ glər /

noun

a person who fishes with a hook and line.
a person who gets or tries to get something through scheming.
Also called allmouth, anglerfish, goosefish, lotte, monkfish. any large pediculate fish of the family Lophiidae, especially Lophius americanus, found along the Atlantic coast of America, having an immense mouth and a large, depressed head to which is attached a wormlike filament for luring prey.
Also called anglerfish. any of various related fishes of the order Lophiiformes.

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Origin of angler

First recorded in 1545–55; angle2 + -er1
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angler
/ (ˈæŋɡlə) /

noun

a person who fishes with a rod and line
informal a person who schemes or uses devious methods to secure an advantage
Also called: angler fish any spiny-finned fish of the order Pediculati (or Lophiiformes). They live at the bottom of the sea and typically have a long spiny movable dorsal fin with which they lure their prey
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