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

First recorded in 1795–1805; trunk + fish
Also called boxfish. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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