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noun, plural (especially collectively) head·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) head·fish·es.
  1. ocean sunfish.
  2. sharptail mola.
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Origin of headfish

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; head + fish
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for headfish

Historical Examples of headfish

  • These, like the headfish (Mola mola) are protected by a leathery skin.

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

    David Starr Jordan

  • In the headfish it has shrunk into "a short and conical appendage to the brain."