soapfish

[ sohp-fish ]
/ ˈsoʊpˌfɪʃ /

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.

QUIZZES

DON’T VACILLATE! VANQUISH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

It’d be a real faux pas to miss this quiz on the words from August 3–9, 2020!
Question 1 of 7
What does “vacillate” mean?

Origin of soapfish

First recorded in 1875–80; soap + fish
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020