swellfishes
Diodon Di"o*don, n. [Gr. di- = di`s- twice + 'odoy`s, 'odo`ntos, a tooth: cf. F. diodon.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of spinose, plectognath fishes, having the teeth of each jaw united into a single beaklike plate. They are able to inflate the body by taking in air or water, and, hence, are called {globefishes}, {swellfishes}, etc. Called also {porcupine fishes}, and {sea hedgehogs}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of whales. [1913 Webster]


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  • swellfishes — jūrų rutulėliai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas gentis atitikmenys: lot. Sphoeroides angl. puffers; swellfishes rus. рыбы шары ryšiai: platesnis terminas – keturdantės pūsliažuvės siauresnis terminas – dėmėtasis jūrų… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • swellfishes — n. fish that inflates its body …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Tetraodontidae — Tetraodontidés …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tetraodontidés — Tetraodontidae Tetraodontidés …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Diodon — Di o*don, n. [Gr. di = di s twice + odoy s, odo ntos, a tooth: cf. F. diodon.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of spinose, plectognath fishes, having the teeth of each jaw united into a single beaklike plate. They are able to inflate the body by taking in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • globefishes — Diodon Di o*don, n. [Gr. di = di s twice + odoy s, odo ntos, a tooth: cf. F. diodon.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of spinose, plectognath fishes, having the teeth of each jaw united into a single beaklike plate. They are able to inflate the body by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • porcupine fishes — Diodon Di o*don, n. [Gr. di = di s twice + odoy s, odo ntos, a tooth: cf. F. diodon.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of spinose, plectognath fishes, having the teeth of each jaw united into a single beaklike plate. They are able to inflate the body by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea hedgehogs — Diodon Di o*don, n. [Gr. di = di s twice + odoy s, odo ntos, a tooth: cf. F. diodon.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of spinose, plectognath fishes, having the teeth of each jaw united into a single beaklike plate. They are able to inflate the body by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swellfish — /swel fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) swellfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) swellfishes. puffer (def. 2). [1800 10, Amer.; SWELL + FISH] * * * …   Universalium

  • swellfish — /ˈswɛlfɪʃ/ (say swelfish) noun (plural swellfish or swellfishes) → puffer (def. 3). {swell + fish1} Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1 …   Australian English dictionary

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