Bur fish


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bur fish (Zoöl) A spinose, plectognath fish of the Allantic coast of the United States (esp. Chilo mycterus geometricus) having the power of distending its body with water or air, so as to resemble a chestnut bur; -- called also ball fish balloon fish, and swellfish.
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In literature:

Never was fish hook more cleverly made than this hook of the bur seed.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
Another iron rod was converted into a hook, and two burly-built Paddys volunteered to hook the fish.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley