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

any of several serranid fishes of the genus Rypticus, producing a body mucus that gives the skin a soapy quality, as R. saponaceus, inhabiting shallow waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Nearby words

  1. soapbark,
  2. soapberry,
  3. soapberry family,
  4. soapbox,
  5. soaper,
  6. soapie,
  7. soapolallie,
  8. soapstone,
  9. soapsuds,
  10. soapwort

Origin of soapfish

First recorded in 1875–80; soap + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019