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bottom-fish

[bot-uh m-fish]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to fish with a weighted line for fish that feed close to the bottom.
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Origin of bottom-fish

First recorded in 1840–50

bottom fish

noun
  1. any of certain fishes that live at or near the bottom of a body of water, as certain of the cod and related species, the flatfishes, and catfishes.
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Also called ground fish.
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