• WordNet 3.6
    • n butterfish slippery scaleless food fish of the northern Atlantic coastal waters
    • n butterfish small marine fish with a short compressed body and feeble spines
    • n butterfish any of numerous small flat Atlantic food fish having smooth skin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Butterfish (Zoöl) A name given to several different fishes, in allusion to their slippery coating of mucus, as the Stromateus triacanthus of the Atlantic coast, the Epinephelus punctatus of the southern coast, the rock eel, and the kelpfish of New Zealand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n butterfish A name given to various fishes and other marine animals having a smooth and unctuous surface like butter. The fish Stromateus (or Poronotus) triacanthus. It has an oval form, rounded in front, with pores on the back in a single row above the lateral line, and the dorsal and anal fins not elevated, It is abundant along the eastern American coast, but not much esteemed for food.
    • n butterfish A fish of the genus Murœnoides, especially M. gunnellus.
    • n butterfish A serranoid fish, Enneacentrus punctatus. Also called nigger-fish.
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In literature:

Cover well-cleaned and lightly-gashed butterfish with boiling water, season with one chopped onion, parsley and thyme, salt and pepper.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green

In news:

Harry Ellis of Montauk displayed a 16-pound mahimahi he caught on light line on Aug 7 in the Butterfish Hole south of Montauk Point.
8 (6-ounce) fish fillets such as halibut, butterfish, bass or sole.
You can buy fresh butterfish, mackerel, croaker, perch, grouper, snapper, porgies and tilapia.
Blue Ginger 's general manager Rob Mueller then demonstrates the finer points of pairing food and wine, using Butterfish and Veggie Napoleon as examples.
Thursday's trip was slow, though Richard Belesky boated a limit of yellowfin tuna up to 75 pounds, catching one each on a squid, a butterfish, and a sardine.