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noun, plural (especially collectively) pipe·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pipe·fish·es.
  1. any elongated, marine and sometimes freshwater fish species of the family Syngnathidae, having a tubular snout and covered with bony plates.
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Origin of pipefish

First recorded in 1760–70; pipe1 + fish
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Historical Examples

  • In a kind of pipefish (Solenostomus), a large pouch for retention of the eggs is formed on the belly of the female.

    A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)

    David Starr Jordan

British Dictionary definitions for pipefish


noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. any of various teleost fishes of the genera Nerophis, Syngnathus, etc, having a long tubelike snout and an elongated body covered with bony plates: family SyngnathidaeAlso called: needlefish
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