[ luhmp-fish ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) lump·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) lump·fish·es.
  1. any of several thick-bodied, sluggish fishes of the family Cyclopteridae, found in northern seas, having the pelvic fins modified and united into a sucking disk, especially Cyclopterus lumpus, of the North Atlantic.

Origin of lumpfish

First recorded in 1735–45; lump1 + fish

Words Nearby lumpfish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lumpfish in a sentence

  • Down went the trap, an up she come: not even a lumpfish or a lobser t grace the labor.

    Every Man for Himself | Norman Duncan

British Dictionary definitions for lumpfish


/ (ˈlʌmpˌfɪʃ) /

nounplural -fish or -fishes
  1. a North Atlantic scorpaenoid fish, Cyclopterus lumpus, having a globular body covered with tubercles, pelvic fins fused into a sucker, and an edible roe: family Cyclopteridae

  2. any other fish of the family Cyclopteridae

Origin of lumpfish

C16: lump (now obsolete) lumpfish, from Middle Dutch lumpe, perhaps related to lump 1
  • Also called: lumpsucker

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