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pigfish

[ pig-fish ]

noun

, plural pig·fish·es, (especially collectively) pig·fish.
  1. a grunt, Orthopristis chrysoptera, living in waters off the Atlantic coast of the southern United States.


pigfish

/ ˈpɪɡˌfɪʃ /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of pigfish1

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; pig 1 + fish

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Example Sentences

Dolphins, rock-cod, pigfish, and blackfish may be caught as quickly as they can be hauled out.

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