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noun, plural (especially collectively) goose·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) goose·fish·es.
  1. angler(def 3).
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Origin of goosefish

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; goose + fish
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Examples from the Web for goosefish

Historical Examples

  • The name devil-fish is also given to the Octopus and to the Goosefish or Angler.

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  • They sometimes call it a goosefish, because it attacks wild geese, but the right name is fishing-frog or angler.

British Dictionary definitions for goosefish


noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. US another name for monkfish (def. 1)
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