[ truhngk-fish ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) trunk·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) trunk·fish·es.
  1. any plectognath fish of the family Ostraciontidae, of warm seas, having a boxlike body encased in bony, polygonal plates.

Origin of trunkfish

First recorded in 1795–1805; trunk + fish

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British Dictionary definitions for trunkfish


/ (ˈtrʌŋkˌfɪʃ) /

nounplural -fish or -fishes
  1. any tropical plectognath fish of the family Ostraciidae, having the body encased in bony plates with openings for the fins, eyes, mouth, etc: Also called: boxfish, cowfish

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