hogfish

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

Nearby words

  1. hogarth,
  2. hogarth chair,
  3. hogarth, william,
  4. hogback,
  5. hogchoker,
  6. hogg,
  7. hogg, james,
  8. hogged,
  9. hogger,
  10. hoggery

Origin of hogfish

1590–1600; translation of Medieval Latin porcopiscis porpoise. See hog, fish

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Examples 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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