cowfish
noun Date: 1870 any of various small bright-colored bony fishes (family Ostraciidae) with hornlike projections over the eyes

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  • cowfish — [kou′fish΄] n. pl. cowfish or cowfishes (see FISH) 1. a marine dolphin (Tursiops gilli) of the Pacific Ocean 2. any of the smaller marine whales, as the grampus 3. any of several trunkfishes with hornlike processes on the head 4. Rare a dugong or …   English World dictionary

  • Cowfish — Cow fish (kou f[i^]sh ), n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The grampus. (b) A California dolphin ({Tursiops Gillii}). (c) A marine plectognath fish ({Ostracoin quadricorne}, and allied species), having two projections, like horns, in front; called also {cuckold} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cowfish — Grampus Gram pus, n.; pl. {Grampuses}. [Probably corrupted from It. gran pesce great fish, or Sp. gran pez, or Pg. gran peixe, all fr. L. grandis piscis. See {Grand}, and {Fish}. the animal.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A toothed delphinoid cetacean, of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cowfish — /kow fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) cowfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) cowfishes. 1. any of several marine fishes having hornlike projections over the eyes, esp. a trunkfish, Lactophrys guadricornus, found in the warm… …   Universalium

  • cowfish — /ˈkaʊfɪʃ/ (say kowfish) noun (plural cowfish or cowfishes) 1. any of various marine fishes with horn like projections over the eyes, as Lactophrys tricornis, found along the southern Atlantic coast of the US to Panama, Brazil, etc.; trunkfish;… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cowfish — antilinis dvidantis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Mesoplodon europaeus angl. Antillean beaked whale; Antillean swordtooth; cowfish; European beaked whale; Gervais’ beaked whale; Gervais’ whale; Gulf …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • cowfish — noun Any of various types of boxfish …   Wiktionary

  • cowfish — n. fish that has horn like spines above the eyes …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cowfish — noun (plural same or cowfishes) a boxfish with horn like spines on its head. [Lactoria diaphana and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • cowfish — cow•fish [[t]ˈkaʊˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. for kinds or species) fish•es. ich any of several trunkfishes having hornlike projections over the eyes, esp Lactophrys guadricornus[/ex] • Etymology: 1625–35 …   From formal English to slang

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