- a large, freshwater catfish, Silurus glanis, inhabiting rivers in central and eastern Europe, sometimes reaching a weight of 400 pounds (181.4 kg).
Origin of sheatfish
1580–90; earlier sheath-fish; sheath is erroneous translation of German Scheide sheatfish
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- the European catfishSee silurid (def. 1)
C16: variant of sheathfish; perhaps influenced by German Schaid sheatfish; see sheath, fish