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

1600–10; monk + fish, apparently alluding to its remote sea-bottom habitat
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Historical Examples

  • We caught also a monkfish, of which I brought home the picture.

    A Voyage to New Holland

    William Dampier

British Dictionary definitions for monkfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. Also called (US): goosefish any of various anglers of the genus Lophius
  2. another name for the angel shark
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