[ pig-fish ]
/ ˈpɪgˌfɪʃ /

noun, plural pig·fish·es, (especially collectively) pig·fish.

a grunt, Orthopristis chrysoptera, living in waters off the Atlantic coast of the southern U.S.

Origin of pigfish

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; pig1 + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for pigfish


/ (ˈpɪɡˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

Also called: hogfish any of several grunts, esp Orthopristis chrysopterus, of the North American Atlantic coast
any of several wrasses, such as Achoerodus gouldii (giant pigfish), that occur around the Great Barrier Reef
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