sheatfish

[ 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 kg).

Nearby words

  1. shearing shed,
  2. shearlegs,
  3. shearling,
  4. shears,
  5. shearwater,
  6. sheath,
  7. sheath knife,
  8. sheath of eyeball,
  9. sheath of schwann,
  10. sheathbill

Origin of sheatfish

1580–90; earlier sheath-fish; sheath is erroneous translation of German Scheide sheatfish

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British Dictionary definitions for sheatfish

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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