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

Origin of monkfish

1600–10; monk + fish, apparently alluding to its remote sea-bottom habitat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -fish or -fishes

Also called (US): goosefish any of various anglers of the genus Lophius
another name for the angel shark
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