• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Houndfish (Zoöl) Any small shark of the genus Galeus or Mustelus, of which there are several species, as the smooth houndfish (Galeus canis), of Europe and America; -- called also houndshark, and dogfish.☞ The European nursehound, or small-spotted dogfish, is Scyllium canicula; the rough houndfish, or large-spotted dogfish, is Scyllium catulus. The name has also sometimes been applied to the bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix), and to the silver gar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n houndfish A shark of the genus Scylliorhinus and some similar species. See dogfish
    • n houndfish Also called hound.
    • n houndfish A species of belonids of the genus Tylosurus, such as the T. jonesi (Bermuda) and T. acus.
    • n houndfish The bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, formerly called blue houndfish in Massachusetts. See cut under bluefish.
    • n houndfish The Spanish mackerel, Scomberomorus maculatus, formerly called speckled houndfish in Massachusetts.
    • n houndfish A name applied to fishes of the genus Tylosurus, especially to T. raphidoma and T. acus, both of the West Indies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Houndfish same as Dogfish
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hund; Gr. kyōn, kynos, L. canis, Sans. çvan.