[ tohd-fish ]
/ ˈtoʊdˌfɪʃ /

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

any of several thick-headed, wide-mouthed fishes of the family Batrachoididae, as Opsanus tau(oyster toadfish, or oysterfish ), ranging along the Atlantic coast of the U.S.



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Origin of toadfish

First recorded in 1605–15; toad + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for toadfish

  • The toadfish of this story is Batrachus tau, sometimes called oyster-fish or sapo.

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  • The best way to do this with man as well as with toadfish is to learn about their lives.

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  • It is along in June that the toadfish of our New England bays begin to look round for their summer homes.

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  • Does the toadfish become anything more than a mere toadfish in a shoe before the end of the chapter?

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British Dictionary definitions for toadfish

/ (ˈtəʊdˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

any spiny-finned bottom-dwelling marine fish of the family Batrachoididae, of tropical and temperate seas, having a flattened tapering body and a wide mouth
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