anglerfish
a member of the Order Lophiiformes, comprising over 313 species in 18 families. They have a fishing apparatus developed from the first ray of the spiny dorsal fin comprising the illicium (q.v.) or fishing rod tipped by the esca (q.v.) or bait. The apparatus is used to attract other fishes close enough to be gulped down

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • anglerfish — /ˈæŋgləfɪʃ/ (say anggluhfish) noun (plural anglerfish or anglerfishes) 1. any of a number of small Australian fishes, variously coloured and often camouflaged, belonging to the family Antennariidae, as the striped anglerfish, Phrynelox striatus;… …   Australian English dictionary

  • anglerfish — noun Date: circa 1889 any of several pediculate fishes (as the goosefishes); especially monkfish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anglerfish — noun Any fish of the bony fish order Lophiiformes. These fish use an outgrowth that can be wiggled so as to resemble a prey animal to lure and catch their prey. Syn: monkfish, goosefish, fishing frog, Lophius piscatorius, frog fish, sea devil See …   Wiktionary

  • anglerfish — n. large predatory fish …   English contemporary dictionary

  • anglerfish — noun (plural same or anglerfishes) a marine fish that lures prey within reach of its mouth with a fleshy lobe on a filament arising from its snout. [Lophius piscatorius and many other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • anglerfish — an•gler•fish [[t]ˈæŋ glərˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. for kinds or species) fish•es. ich angler 3) • Etymology: 1645–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • anglerfish — noun fishes having large mouths with a wormlike filament attached for luring prey • Syn: ↑goosefish, ↑angler, ↑angler fish, ↑monkfish, ↑lotte, ↑allmouth, ↑Lophius Americanus • Derivationally related forms …   Useful english dictionary

  • Humpback anglerfish — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

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