porcupine fish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n porcupine fish spines become erect when the body is inflated; worldwide in warm waters
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Porcupine fish (Zoöl) any plectognath fish having the body covered with spines which become erect when the body is inflated. See Diodon, and Globefish.
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Usage

In literature:

The Porcupine-fish, as his name tells us, is one of these.
"Within the Deep" by R. Cadwallader Smith
She may eat no fresh meat or fish except the flesh of the porcupine.
"Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I." by Sir James George Frazer
Among these were certain fish that resembled great porcupines.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
The variations, real or apparent, in the breathing habits of the porcupine-fish; the climbing-fish; the lung-fish.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
We have received many curious specimens: sea-horse, porcupine-fish, key-hole shells, etc.
"St. Nicholas v. 13 No. 9 July 1886" by Various
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In news:

They bring to mind a cross between a pocket-porcupine and a scorpion fish.
Poisonous porcupine fish just can't swim.
Porcupine fish are poor swimmers so they use other ways to protect themselves from predators.
Porcupine fish cautiously peeking at me in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Poisonous porcupine fish just can't swim.
Porcupine fish are poor swimmers so they use other ways to protect themselves from predators.
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