Puffer Puff"er, n. 1. One who puffs; one who praises with noisy or extravagant commendation. [1913 Webster]

2. One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at suction to bid up the price; a by-bidder. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any plectognath fish which inflates its body, as the species of {Tetrodon} and {Diodon} of the family {Tetraodontidae}; -- called also {blower}, {puff-fish}, {swellfish}, and {globefish}. They are highly poisonous due to the presence of glands containing a potent toxin, {tetrodotoxin}. Nevertheless they are eaten as a delicacy in Japan, being prepared by specially licensed chefs who remove the poison glands. (b) The common, or harbor, porpoise. [1913 Webster]

4. (Dyeing) A kier. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Globefish — Globe fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A plectognath fish of the genera {Diodon}, {Tetrodon}, and allied genera. The globefishes can suck in water or air and distend the body to a more or less globular form. Called also {porcupine fish}, and {sea hedgehog}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • globefish — /ˈgloʊbfɪʃ/ (say glohbfish) noun (plural globefish or globefishes) → puffer (def. 3). Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1 …   Australian English dictionary

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  • globefish — noun Date: 1668 puffer fish 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • globefish — noun Any of many marine fish in the family Tetraodontidae, especially the puffer or sunfish, that can inflate itself to form a globe …   Wiktionary

  • globefish — globe·fish glōb .fish n PUFFER …   Medical dictionary

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