[ sheet-fish ]
/ ˈʃitˌfɪʃ /
noun, plural sheat·fish·es, (especially collectively) sheat·fish.
a large, freshwater catfish, Silurus glanis, inhabiting rivers in central and eastern Europe, sometimes reaching a weight of 400 pounds (181.4 kilograms).
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Origin of sheatfish
First recorded in 1580–90; earlier sheath-fish; sheath is erroneous translation of German Scheide “sheatfish”
Words nearby sheatfish
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British Dictionary definitions for sheatfish
/ (ˈʃiːtˌfɪʃ) /
noun plural -fish or -fishes
the European catfishSee silurid (def. 1)
Word Origin for sheatfish
C16: variant of sheathfish; perhaps influenced by German Schaid sheatfish; see sheath, fish
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