• WordNet 3.6
    • n snailfish small tadpole-shaped cold-water fishes with pelvic fins forming a sucker; related to lumpfish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Snailfish (Zoöl) See Sea snail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snailfish A fish of the genus Liparis: so called from their soft unctuous feel, and their habit of adhering to rocks by means of a ventral sucker. Several species which commonly receive the name are found in Great Britain, as L. lineata and L. montagui. They are also called sea-snail and sucker. See Liparididæ.
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In poetry:

Where the wise snailfish move their pearly towers
To carven rocks and sculptured promont'ries,"
Hearing you whisper, "Lands
Where blaze the unimaginable flowers."
"Brumana" by James Elroy Flecker