noun, plural (especially collectively) bat·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) bat·fish·es.
  1. any of the flat-bodied, marine fishes of the family Ogcocephalidae, as Ogcocephalus vespertilio, common in the southern Atlantic coastal waters of the U.S.
  2. a stingray, Aetobatis californicus, found off the coast of California.

Origin of batfish

First recorded in 1900–05; bat2 + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for batfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. any angler of the family Ogcocephalidae, having a flattened scaleless body and moving on the sea floor by means of fleshy pectoral and pelvic fins
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