hogfish

[ hawg-fish, hog- ]
/ ˈhɔgˌfɪʃ, ˈhɒg- /

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

a large wrasse, Lachnolaimus maximus, of the western Atlantic Ocean, used for food.
any of various other fishes having a fancied resemblance to a hog, as the pigfish and logperch.

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Origin of hogfish

1590–1600; translation of Medieval Latin porcopiscisporpoise. See hog, fish
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Example sentences from the Web for hogfish

  • As he approached the mainland he made out the fort, and steering directly for it, passed safely through Hogfish Cut.

  • One o' the smacks hed jist brought in a hogfish that day, an' it was the worst lookin' critter that ever growed in the sea.

    Rockhaven|Charles Munn

British Dictionary definitions for hogfish

hogfish
/ (ˈhɒɡˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

a wrasse, Lachnolaimus maximus, that occurs in the Atlantic off the SE coast of North America. The head of the male resembles a pig's snout
another name for pigfish (def. 1)
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