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noun, plural (especially collectively) surf·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) surf·fish·es.
  1. surfperch.
  2. any of several sciaenoid fishes, as Umbrina roncador, inhabiting waters along the Pacific coast of North America.
  3. surf smelt.
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Origin of surffish

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; surf + fish
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