[ kou-fish ]
/ ˈkaʊˌfɪʃ /

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

any of several marine fishes having hornlike projections over the eyes, especially a trunkfish, Lactophrys guadricornus, found in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
a sirenian, as the manatee.
any of various small cetaceans, as a porpoise or dolphin or the grampus, Grampus griseus.

Nearby words

  1. cowell,
  2. cowell, henry dixon,
  3. cower,
  4. cowes,
  5. cowfeteria,
  6. cowflop,
  7. cowgirl,
  8. cowhage,
  9. cowhand,
  10. cowherb

Origin of cowfish

First recorded in 1625–35; cow1 + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cowfish


/ (ˈkaʊˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

any trunkfish, such as Lactophrys quadricornis, having hornlike spines over the eyes
(loosely) any of various large aquatic animals, such as a sea cow
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