noun, plural (especially collectively) blow·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) blow·fish·es.

Origin of blowfish

First recorded in 1890–95; blow2 + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of blowfish

  • Hootie and the Blowfish played (well, everyone says they shared a certain squareness) and fireworks lit up the sky.

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    The Mysterious Mrs. Woods

    Jacob Bernstein

    November 30, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for blowfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes

a popular name for puffer (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for blowfish

also blow-fish, 1862, American English, from blow (v.1) + fish (n.).

Then he described another odd product of the bay, that was known as the blow-fish, and had the power of inflating himself with air when taken out of the water. ["The Young Nimrods in North America," New York, 1881]
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