noun, plural (especially collectively) snail·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) snail·fish·es.

any of several elongate, smooth-skinned fishes of the family Liparididae, inhabiting cold seas, having the ventral fins modified to form a sucking disk.

Origin of snailfish

First recorded in 1830–40; snail + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for snailfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes

another name for sea snail
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