[ pawr-kyuh-pahyn-fish ]
/ ˈpɔr kyəˌpaɪnˌfɪʃ /
noun, plural (especially collectively) por·cu·pine·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) por·cu·pine·fish·es.
any of several fishes of the family Diodontidae, especially Diodon hystrix, of tropical seas, capable of inflating the body with water or air until it resembles a globe, with erection of the long spines covering the skin.
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British Dictionary definitions for porcupinefish
any of various plectognath fishes of the genus Diodon and related genera, of temperate and tropical seas, having a body that is covered with sharp spines and can be inflated into a globe: family DiodontidaeAlso called: globefish
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