balloon fish

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • balloon fish (Zoöl) A fish of the genus Diodonsuch as Diodon holocanthus) or the genus Tetraodon, having the power of distending its body by taking air or water into its dilatable esophagus. It is similar to but smaller than the porcupinefish. See Globefish, and Bur fish.
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Usage

In literature:

Their balloon may be described as fish-shaped, 165 feet long, and 27.5 feet in principal diameter.
"The Dominion of the Air" by J. M. Bacon
In a moment, to Billy the balloon-fish was as though he had not been.
"A Brace Of Boys" by Fitz Hugh Ludlow
Other equally beautiful forms of jelly-fish are balloon-shaped.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
Three miles before her, with all sails set, including staysail and balloon-job, raced a fishing schooner.
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
The shape too has come to approximate that of a fish rather than a bird, in the case of balloons at least.
"Aircraft and Submarines" by Willis J. Abbot
The balloon was fish-shaped and was equipped with oars and a rudder.
"The Romance of Aircraft" by Lawrence Yard Smith
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In news:

Dr Twining 's diverse interests ranged from being an avid reader to fly fishing, hot air ballooning, bicycling, mountain climbing, traveling and his devotion to his family.
'Amazing Race' recap, Indonesian bull racing, balloon animals and fish.
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