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noun, plural goat·fish·es, (especially collectively) goat·fish.
  1. any tropical and subtropical marine fish of the family Mullidae, having a pair of long barbels below the mouth.
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Origin of goatfish

First recorded in 1630–40; goat + fish
Also called red mullet.
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Historical Examples of goatfish

  • In the goatfish and surmullet the two chin barbels are highly specialized.

    A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)

    David Starr Jordan

British Dictionary definitions for goatfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. the US name for the red mullet
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