Bur fish
Bur fish Bur" fish` (Zo["o]l.) A spinose, plectognath fish of the Allantic coast of the United States (esp. {Chilo mycterus geometricus}) having the power of distending its body with water or air, so as to resemble a chestnut bur; -- called also {ball fish}, {balloon fish}, and {swellfish}. [1913 Webster]

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  • bur|bot — «BUR buht», noun, plural bots or (collectively) bot. a freshwater fish related to the cod, having an elongated, slender body, and one barbel on the chin and two on the nose; eelpout. ╂[< Middle French bourbette, altered < barbote < barbe …   Useful english dictionary

  • ball fish — Bur fish Bur fish (Zo[ o]l.) A spinose, plectognath fish of the Allantic coast of the United States (esp. {Chilo mycterus geometricus}) having the power of distending its body with water or air, so as to resemble a chestnut bur; called also {ball …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balloon fish — Bur fish Bur fish (Zo[ o]l.) A spinose, plectognath fish of the Allantic coast of the United States (esp. {Chilo mycterus geometricus}) having the power of distending its body with water or air, so as to resemble a chestnut bur; called also {ball …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balloon fish — balloonfish al*loon fish , balloon fish al*loon fish (Zo[ o]l.) A fish of the genus {Diodon} (such as {Diodon holocanthus}) or the genus {Tetraodon}, having the power of distending its body by taking air or water into its dilatable esophagus.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rabbit fish — Rabbit Rab bit (r[a^]b b[i^]t), n. [OE. rabet, akin to OD. robbe, robbeken.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of the smaller species of the genus Lepus, especially the common European species ({Lepus cuniculus}), which is often kept as a pet, and has been… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burr|fish — «BUR FIHSH», noun, plural fish|es or (collectively) fish. = sea porcupine. (Cf. ↑sea porcupine) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chilo mycterus geometricus — Bur fish Bur fish (Zo[ o]l.) A spinose, plectognath fish of the Allantic coast of the United States (esp. {Chilo mycterus geometricus}) having the power of distending its body with water or air, so as to resemble a chestnut bur; called also {ball …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swellfish — Bur fish Bur fish (Zo[ o]l.) A spinose, plectognath fish of the Allantic coast of the United States (esp. {Chilo mycterus geometricus}) having the power of distending its body with water or air, so as to resemble a chestnut bur; called also {ball …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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