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noun, plural (especially collectively) mud·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) mud·fish·es.
  1. any of various fishes that live in muddy waters, as the bowfin or mummichog.
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Origin of mudfish

First recorded in 1495–1505; mud + fish
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Examples from the Web for mudfish

Historical Examples of mudfish

  • The Queensland mudfish is an antiquity, and there has not been much change in its lineage for millions of years.

    The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)

    J. Arthur Thomson

  • Their roots were five or six feet high, and mudfish splashed in the holes beneath.

    Wyndham's Pal

    Harold Bindloss

  • The Australian mudfish (Ceratodus) is not known to hibernate or aestivate.

  • The mudfish would have seemed then a poor refugee from the too crowded and aggressive life of the sea.

British Dictionary definitions for mudfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. any of various fishes, such as the bowfin and cichlids, that live at or frequent the muddy bottoms of rivers, lakes, etc
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