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porcupinefish

[ pawr-kyuh-pahyn-fish ]
/ 藞p蓴r ky蓹藢pa瑟n藢f瑟蕛 /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) por路cu路pine路fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) por路cu路pine路fish路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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Origin of porcupinefish

First recorded in 1675鈥85; porcupine + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for porcupinefish

porcupine fish

noun
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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