toadfish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n toadfish bottom-dwelling fish having scaleless slimy skin and a broad thick head with a wide mouth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The mating call of a male toadfish, who are underwater, is so loud that it can be heard by humans above water
    • n Toadfish (Zoöl) Any marine fish of the genus Batrachus, having a large, thick head and a wide mouth, and bearing some resemblance to a toad. The American species (Batrachus tau) is very common in shallow water. Called also oyster fish, and sapo.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The sound made by the toadfish when mating underwater is so loud that it can be heard by humans on the shore
    • n toadfish In New Zealand, a scarce marine fish of the family Cottidæ, Neophry-nichthys latus. E. E. Marris, Austral English.
    • n toadfish In Australia, Tetraodon hamiltoni and various other species of Tetraodon, of the family Gymnodontes. E. E. Morris, Austral English.
    • n toadfish A fish of the genus Batrachus, especially B. tan; the oyster-fish or sapo, of the Atlantic coast of the United States from Massachusetts to the West Indies It is a very ugly fish, of ungainly form, with a thick, heavy head and large mouth, naked skin, no lateral line, three dorsal spines, and when young a series of tufts or cirri on the back and sides; the lips have fleshy appendages; the color is dusky-olive with irregular black markings both on the body and on the fins.
    • n toadfish A lophioid fish, Lophius piscatorius, so called from its uncouth aspect; the fishing-frog, seadevil, wide-gab, or angler. See cut under angler.
    • n toadfish A swell-fish, as Tetrodon turgidus, the common puffer of the Atlantic coast of the United States, 12 inches long. Also called swell-toad.
    • n toadfish The frog-fish or mouse-fish, Antennarius (or Pterovhrync) histrio.
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