noun, plural (especially collectively) trunk·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) trunk·fish·es.
any plectognath fish of the family Ostraciontidae, of warm seas, having a boxlike body encased in bony, polygonal plates.
Origin of trunkfish
Also called boxfish.
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The trunkfish (Ostracion) in a hard bony box has no need of rapid progress.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
noun plural -fish or -fishes
any tropical plectognath fish of the family Ostraciidae, having the body encased in bony plates with openings for the fins, eyes, mouth, etcAlso called: boxfish, cowfish
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