[ kling-fish ]
/ ˈklɪŋˌfɪʃ /

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

any fish of the family Gobiesocidae, having a sucking disk on the abdomen for clinging to stones, debris, etc.

Origin of clingfish

First recorded in 1890–95; cling1 + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for clingfish


/ (ˈklɪŋˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

any small marine teleost fish of the family Gobiesocidae, having a flattened elongated body with a sucking disc beneath the head for clinging to rocks, etc
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