swellfish
noun Date: 1807 puffer fish 1

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  • swellfish — ☆ swellfish [swel′fish΄ ] n. pl. swellfish or swellfishes (see FISH) PUFFER (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • Swellfish — Swell fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any plectognath fish that dilates itself, as the bur fish, puffer, or diodon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swellfish — 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[… …   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

  • 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

  • swellfish — dygioji pūsliažuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Arothron hispidus angl. spiny baloonfish; swellfish; white spotted blaasop; white spotted blowfish rus. колючий аротрон ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • swellfish — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : globefish * * * /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] …   Useful english dictionary

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

  • swellfish —    O opu hue …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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