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oyster toadfish

  1. See under toadfish(def 1).
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Origin of oyster toadfish

First recorded in 1960–65


noun, plural (especially collectively) toad·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) toad·fish·es.
  1. any of several thick-headed, wide-mouthed fishes of the family Batrachoididae, as Opsanus tau (oyster toadfish), ranging along the Atlantic coast of the U.S.
  2. puffer(def 2).
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Origin of toadfish

First recorded in 1605–15; toad + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for oyster toadfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. any spiny-finned bottom-dwelling marine fish of the family Batrachoididae, of tropical and temperate seas, having a flattened tapering body and a wide mouth
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