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noun, plural (especially collectively) blow·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) blow·fish·es.
  1. puffer(def 2).
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Origin of blowfish

First recorded in 1890–95; blow2 + fish
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noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. 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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