• WordNet 3.6
    • n catfish any of numerous mostly freshwater bottom-living fishes of Eurasia and North America with barbels like whiskers around the mouth
    • n catfish large ferocious northern deep-sea food fishes with strong teeth and no pelvic fins
    • n catfish flesh of scaleless food fish of the southern United States; often farmed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A catfish has about 100,000 taste buds
    • n Catfish (Zoöl) A name given in the United States to various species of siluroid fishes; as, the yellow cat Amiurus natalis); the bind cat Gronias nigrilabrus); the mud cat Pilodictic oilwaris), the stone cat Noturus flavus); the sea cat Arius felis), etc. This name is also sometimes applied to the wolf fish. See Bullhrad.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Catfish have tastebuds located on their whiskers
    • n catfish A name of the wolf-fish, Anarrhichas lupus, from its dentition and its ferocity when caught. See wolf-fish.
    • n catfish A name generally given in the United States to species of the family Siluridæ, which when taken out of the water emit a sound like the purring of a cat. The North American species are robust fusiform fishes with 8 barbels, a short dorsal with a strong pointed spine in front, a posterior adipose fin, and a moderate anal. They have been referred to five genera, Amiurus, Gronias, Ictalurus, Leptops, and Noturus. The species of the first two are of some economical importance, and contribute considerably to the food of the poorer classes at least. The most common in the eastern streams are the A. nebulosus and A. albidus, and in the west the A. melas. The largest are the A. nigricans of the great lakes and the A. ponderosus of the Mississippi, the latter sometimes attaining a weight of 100 pounds. The most esteemed is the I. punctatus of the great lakes and the Mississippi valley, recognizable by its slender head and forked tail. The name has been also extended to similar fishes in various parts of the world, and even to species of different but related families.
    • n catfish A name given in some parts of England to the weever, Trachinus draco.
    • n catfish A local English name of the scyllioid shark, Scyllium catulus.
    • n catfish A local English name of the torsk, Brosmius brosme.
    • n catfish A name in New Zealand for fishes of the family Uranoscopidæ, especially the Ichthyscopus monopterygius.
    • n catfish In Victoria and New South Wales, a fresh-water fish, Copidoglanis tandanus. It inhabits the rivers of the Murray system, but not those of the center of the continent. Also called eel-fish and tandan. In Sydney the same name is applied also to Cnidoglanis megastoma.
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In literature:

The voyageurs soon learned to know the huge sluggish catfish.
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Minnows, chub, perch, catfish, or other common forms will do.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
He says, 'We are generally well supplied with catfish, the best I have ever seen.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
Thus the so-called catfish is not unlike the large turbot.
"The Bounty of the Chesapeake" by James Wharton
In the basket was a catfish.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
It is on Rock river, between Catfish and Whitewater.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
If dis nigger see ole massa, he done sink into de ground, like a catfish in de mud.
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
Of a strictly fresh-water fish, the sunfish and catfish are very common.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
We stopped at one of them, and bought a small catfish for dinner.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
I wisht he'd fall in de river an' get et by a catfish.
"Officer 666" by Barton W. Currie

In poetry:

Nervously the trout (his stream-toned heart
locked in the lake, his poise and nerve disgraced)
above the stirring catfish, curves in bluegill dreams
and curves beyond the sudden thrust of bass.
"Underwater Autumn" by Richard F Hugo
The day was hotter than words can tell,
So hot the jelly-fish wouldn't jell.
The halibut went all to butter,
And the catfish had only force to utter
A faint sea-mew — aye, though some have doubted,
The carp he capered and the horn-pout pouted.
"Don't You See?" by Katharine Lee Bates
Need n't wriggle, Mistah Catfish, case I got you jes' de same,
You been eatin', I 'll be eatin', an' we needah ain't to blame.
But you need n't feel so lonesome fu' I 's th'owin' out to see
Ef dey ain't some of yo' comrades fu' to keep you company.
"Fishing" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Catfish and the Nightcrawlers.
Pecan-Crusted Catfish Recipe from Maurice Major of Alvin & Friends Restaurant.
Catfish and Lori Archive for Wednesday, October 17, 2012.
A participant at the third annual catfish roundup examines his catch.
The Ironmen Outdoor Ministries hosted the third annual catfish roundup at Little River State Park Saturday.
Johnny B speaks to the woman who caught both an 86 & 100 lbs catfish .
Buzz Kilman joins Johnny B as he interviews the Missouri woman who caught two catfish , weighing in at 86 and 100 pounds.
Commercially grown catfish in North America or Africa face similar challenges, a fact that sent one Mississippi State University veterinarian on a training mission to Nigeria in June.
Kansas Woman Catches Two Giant Catfish , Keeps Them in Kiddie Pool.
Posted on October 10, 2012 at 11:12 am by Field and Stream in catfish , fishing.
Brian Garvin, of Central Square, holds up a catfish he caught and released recently at the private Mayfair Campground on Fish Creek (near Sylvan Beach).
Swai, basa are types of catfish .
Five catfish caught on Blackwater.
For heaven's sake, you can even find chicken livers and catfish.
The catfish among the cod .

In science:

Two general purpose Monte Carlo generators for simulating black holes at the LHC have been significantly documented and made available on public websites: CHARYBDIS and CATFISH.
Comparison of Black Hole Generators for the LHC
The source code for CATFISH is not yet readily available.
Comparison of Black Hole Generators for the LHC
In addition to the black disk cross section, CATFISH can produced black holes inelastically using two gravitational models.
Comparison of Black Hole Generators for the LHC
CATFISH assumes the remaining energy not forming the black hole is radiated as gravitons.
Comparison of Black Hole Generators for the LHC
CATFISH simulates proton-proton collisions and only uses the (stable) CTEQ5 parton density functions for the proton.
Comparison of Black Hole Generators for the LHC