noun Date: circa 1804 any of numerous small often bright colored bony fishes (family Ostraciidae) of tropical seas with the body and head enclosed in a bony carapace

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  • trunkfish — [truŋk′fish΄] n. pl. trunkfish or trunkfishes (see FISH) any of a family (Ostraciidae, order Tetraodontiformes) of tropical bony fishes having the body encased in fused, bony plates, with only the mouth, eyes, fins, and tail projecting through …   English World dictionary

  • Trunkfish — Trunk fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of plectognath fishes, belonging to the genus {Ostracion}, or the family {Ostraciontid[ae]}, having an angular body covered with a rigid integument consisting of bony scales. Some of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trunkfish — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trunkfish — /trungk fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) trunkfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) trunkfishes. any plectognath fish of the family Ostraciontidae, of warm seas, having a boxlike body encased in bony, polygonal plates. Also… …   Universalium

  • trunkfish — /ˈtrʌŋkfɪʃ/ (say trungkfish) noun (plural trunkfish or trunkfishes) 1. → box fish. 2. any of the fishes of the genus Mormyridae of central and southern Africa, having extended mouthparts forming a trunk. 3. any of the fishes of the genus… …   Australian English dictionary

  • trunkfish — dygioji konokapra statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Kentrocapros aculeatus angl. pointed boxfish; spiny boxfish; spoolpuffer; trunkfish rus. колючий кентрокапрос ryšiai: platesnis terminas – dygiosios… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • trunkfish — paprastoji aštriauodegė mėnulžuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Masturus lanceolatus angl. king of the mackerels; point tailed sunfish; sharp tailed sunfish; tailed sunfish; trunkfish rus.… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • trunkfish — noun boxfish …   Wiktionary

  • trunkfish — noun (plural same or trunkfishes) another term for boxfish …   English new terms dictionary

  • trunkfish — trunk•fish [[t]ˈtrʌŋkˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. for kinds or species) fish•es. ich any of various fishes of the family Ostraciidae, of warm seas, that have a boxlike body within bony plates • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

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