fish Idioms & Phrases


Age of Fishes

  • noun from 405 million to 345 million years ago; preponderance of fishes and appearance of amphibians and ammonites
    Devonian period; Devonian.
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  • . See under Age, n., 8.
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Alligator fish

  • (Zoöl.), a marine fish of northwestern America (Podothecus acipenserinus).
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amber fish

Am"ber fish

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  1. (Zoöl.) A fish of the southern Atlantic coast (Seriola Carolinensis.)
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anemone fish

  • noun live associated with sea anemones
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Angel fish

  • . (Zoöl.) (a) A species of shark (Squatina angelus) from six to eight feet long, found on the coasts of Europe and North America. It takes its name from its pectoral fins, which are very large and extend horizontally like wings when spread. (b) One of several species of compressed, bright colored fishes warm seas, belonging to the family, Chætodontidæ.
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angler fish

  • noun fishes having large mouths with a wormlike filament attached for luring prey
    lotte; Lophius Americanus; allmouth; anglerfish; angler; monkfish; goosefish.
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archer fish

Arch"er fish`

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  1. (Zoöl.) A small fish (Toxotes jaculator), of the East Indies; -- so called from its ejecting drops of water from its mouth at its prey. The name is also applied to Chætodon rostratus.
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Balance fish

  • . (Zoöl) See Hammerhead.
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balloon fish

Bal*loon" fish`

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  1. (Zoöl.) A fish of the genus Diodon or the genus Tetraodon, having the power of distending its body by taking air or water into its dilatable esophagus. See Globefish, and Bur fish.
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band fish

Band" fish`

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  1. (Zoöl.) A small red fish of the genus Cepola; the ribbon fish.
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  • (Zoöl.), a large fish of the genus Histiophorus, of the Swordfish family, having a broad bannerlike dorsal fin; the sailfish. One species (H. Americanus) inhabits the North Atlantic.
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barber fish

Bar"ber fish

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  1. (Zoöl.) See Surgeon fish.
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Basket fish

  • noun any starfish-like animal of the genera Euryale or Astrophyton or Gorgonocephalus having slender complexly branched interlacing arms radiating from a central disc
    basket star.
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  • (Zoöl.), an ophiuran of the genus Astrophyton, having the arms much branched. See Astrophyton.
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bellows fish

  • noun small bottom-dwelling fish of warm seas having a compressed body and a long snout with a toothless mouth
    snipefish.
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Bel"lows fish`

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  1. (Zoöl.) A European fish (Centriscus scolopax), distinguished by a long tubular snout, like the pipe of a bellows; -- called also trumpet fish, and snipe fish.
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big fish

  • noun an important influential person
    big cheese; big gun; big shot; big wheel; head honcho; big deal; big enchilada.
    • he thinks he's a big shot
    • she's a big deal in local politics
    • the Qaeda commander is a very big fish
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biplane flying fish

  • noun having both pectoral and pelvic fins enlarged
    biplane flying fish.
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blennioid fish

  • noun elongated mostly scaleless marine fishes with large pectoral fins and reduced pelvic fins
    blennioid.
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Bony fish

  • noun any fish of the class Osteichthyes
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  • (Zoöl.), the menhaden.
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Bottle fish

  • (Zoöl.), a kind of deep-sea eel (Saccopharynx ampullaceus), remarkable for its baglike gullet, which enables it to swallow fishes two or three times its won size.
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bottom fish

  • noun fish that live on the sea bottom (particularly the commercially important gadoid fish like cod and haddock, or flatfish like flounder)
    groundfish.
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Buffalo fish

  • noun any of several large suckers of the Mississippi valley
    buffalofish.
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  • (Zoöl.), one of several large fresh-water fishes of the family Catostomidæ, of the Mississippi valley. The red-mouthed or brown (Ictiobus bubalus), the big-mouthed or black (Bubalichthys urus), and the small-mouthed (B. altus), are among the more important species used as food.
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bur fish

Bur" fish`

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  1. (Zoöl.) 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 fish, balloon fish, and swellfish.
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Butterfly fish

  • noun small usually brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes having narrow deep bodies with large broad fins; found worldwide
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  • (Zoöl.), the ocellated blenny (Blennius ocellaris) of Europe. See Blenny. The term is also applied to the flying gurnard.
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carangid fish

  • noun a percoid fish of the family Carangidae
    carangid.
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cartilaginous fish

  • noun fishes in which the skeleton may be calcified but not ossified
    chondrichthian.
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characin fish

  • noun any freshwater fish of the family Characinidae
    characin; characid.
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cichlid fish

  • noun freshwater fishes of tropical America and Africa and Asia similar to American sunfishes; some are food fishes; many small ones are popular in aquariums
    cichlid.
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Cigar fish

  • (Zoöl.), a fish (Decapterus punctatus), allied to the mackerel, found on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
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clinid fish

  • noun mostly small blennioid fishes of coral reefs and seagrass beds
    clinid.
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clown anemone fish

  • noun an anemone fish of the genus Amphiprion
    Amphiprion percula.
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clupeid fish

  • noun any of numerous soft-finned schooling food fishes of shallow waters of northern seas
    clupeid.
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Cobbler fish

  • (Zoöl.), a marine fish (Blepharis crinitus) of the Atlantic. The name alludes to its threadlike fin rays.
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Coffer fish

  • . (Zoöl.) See Cowfish.
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cold fish

  • noun an aloof unemotional person
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convict fish

  • noun greenling with whitish body marked with black bands
    painted greenling; Oxylebius pictus; convictfish.
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Coral fish

  • . See in the Vocabulary.
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creole-fish

  • noun deep-sea fish of tropical Atlantic
    Paranthias furcifer.
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crucifix fish

  • noun sea catfish of the Caribbean area
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Cuckoo fish

  • (Zoöl.), the European red gurnard (Trigla cuculus). The name probably alludes to the sound that it utters.
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Cutlass fish

  • (Zoöl.), a peculiar, long, thin, marine fish (Trichirus lepturus) of the southern United States and West Indies; called also saber fish, silver eel, and, improperly, swordfish.
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cyprinid fish

  • noun soft-finned mainly freshwater fishes typically having toothless jaws and cycloid scales
    cyprinid.
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cypriniform fish

  • noun a soft-finned fish of the order Cypriniformes
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Date shell, ∨ Date fish

  • (Zoöl.), a bivalve shell, or its inhabitant, of the genus Pholas, and allied genera. See Pholas.
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Doctor fish

  • (Zoöl.), any fish of the genus Acanthurus; the surgeon fish; so called from a sharp lancetlike spine on each side of the tail. Also called barber fish. See Surgeon fish.
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doctor-fish

  • noun surgeon fish of the West Indies
    doctorfish; Acanthurus chirurgus.
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Dollar fish

  • (Zoöl.), a fish of the United States coast (Stromateus triacanthus), having a flat, roundish form and a bright silvery luster; called also butterfish, and Lafayette. See Butterfish.
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Dragon fish

  • (Zoöl.), the dragonet.
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Electrical fish

  • (Zoöl.), any fish which has an electrical organ by means of which it can give an electrical shock. The best known kinds are the torpedo, the gymnotus, or electrical eel, and the electric cat. See Torpedo, and Gymnotus.
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Elephant fish

  • (Zoöl.), a chimæroid fish (Callorhynchus antarcticus), with a proboscis-like projection of the snout.
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Emerald fish

  • (Zoöl.), a fish of the Gulf of Mexico (Gobionellus oceanicus), remarkable for the brilliant green and blue color of the base of the tongue; whence the name; called also esmeralda.
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Fiddle fish

  • (Zoöl.), the angel fish.
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Fighting fish

  • (Zoöl.), a remarkably pugnacious East Indian fish (Betta pugnax), reared by the Siamese for spectacular fish fights.
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Fish weir ∨ wear

  • a weir set in a stream, for catching fish.
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fish and chips

  • noun fried fish and french-fried potatoes
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Fish ball

  • noun well-seasoned balls of ground fish and eggs and crushed crumbs simmered in fish stock
    fish ball.
  • noun a fried ball or patty of flaked fish and mashed potatoes
    fish ball.
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  • fish (usually salted codfish) shared fine, mixed with mashed potato, and made into the form of a small, round cake. U.S.
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Fish bar

  • . Same as Fish plate (below).
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Fish beam

  • (Mech.), a beam one of whose sides (commonly the under one) swells out like the belly of a fish. Francis.
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fish bowl

  • noun a state of affairs in which you have no privacy
    goldfish bowl; fishbowl.
    • the president lives in a goldfish bowl
  • noun a transparent bowl in which small fish are kept
    fishbowl; goldfish bowl.
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fish cake

  • noun a fried ball or patty of flaked fish and mashed potatoes
    fish ball.
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fish chowder

  • noun chowder containing fish
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Fish crow

  • (Zoöl.), a species of crow (Corvus ossifragus), found on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It feeds largely on fish.
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Fish culture

  • the artifical breeding and rearing of fish; pisciculture.
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Fish davit

  • . See Davit.
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Fish day

  • a day on which fish is eaten; a fast day.
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fish doctor

  • noun brightly colored scaleless Arctic eelpout
    Gymnelis viridis.
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Fish duck

  • noun large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges
    merganser; sawbill; sheldrake.
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  • (Zoöl.), any species of merganser.
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fish eagle

  • noun large harmless hawk found worldwide that feeds on fish and builds a bulky nest often occupied for years
    fish eagle; osprey; sea eagle; Pandion haliaetus.
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Fish fall

  • the tackle depending from the fish davit, used in hauling up the anchor to the gunwale of a ship.
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fish family

  • noun any of various families of fish
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fish farm

  • noun a workplace (usually a pond) where fish are raised for food
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fish filet

  • noun a longitudinal slice or boned side of a fish
    fish filet; fillet; filet.
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fish fillet

  • noun a longitudinal slice or boned side of a fish
    fish filet; fillet; filet.
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fish finger

  • noun a long fillet of fish breaded and fried
    fish finger.
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fish fly

  • noun similar to but smaller than the dobsonfly; larvae are used as fishing bait
    fish fly.
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fish fry

  • noun a cookout where fried fish is the main course
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fish fuddle

  • noun small tree of West Indies and Florida having large odd-pinnate leaves and panicles of red-striped purple to white flowers followed by decorative curly winged seedpods; yields fish poisons
    Piscidia piscipula; Piscidia erythrina; Jamaica dogwood.
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Fish garth

  • a dam or weir in a river for keeping fish or taking them easily.
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fish genus

  • noun any of various genus of fish
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fish geranium

  • noun an upright geranium having scalloped leaves with a broad color zone inside the margin and white or pink or red flowers
    bedding geranium; zonal pelargonium; Pelargonium hortorum.
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Fish glue

  • noun gelatinous substance obtained by boiling skins fins and bones of fish
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  • . See Isinglass.
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fish hawk

  • noun large harmless hawk found worldwide that feeds on fish and builds a bulky nest often occupied for years
    fish eagle; osprey; sea eagle; Pandion haliaetus.
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fish house punch

  • noun a punch made of rum and brandy and water or tea sweetened with sugar syrup
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Fish joint

  • noun a butt joint formed by bolting fish plates to the sides of two rails or beams
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  • a joint formed by a plate or pair of plates fastened upon two meeting beams, plates, etc., at their junction; used largely in connecting the rails of railroads.
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Fish kettle

  • a long kettle for boiling fish whole.
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fish knife

  • noun a small table knife with a spatula blade used for eating fish
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Fish ladder

  • noun a series of ascending pools providing a passage for salmon to swim upstream past a dam
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  • a dam with a series of steps which fish can leap in order to ascend falls in a river.
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Fish line, ∨ Fishing line

  • a line made of twisted hair, silk, etc., used in angling.
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fish loaf

  • noun flaked fish baked in a loaf with bread crumbs and various seasonings
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Fish louse

  • noun a kind of copepod
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  • (Zoöl.), any crustacean parasitic on fishes, esp. the parasitic Copepoda, belonging to Caligus, Argulus, and other related genera. See Branchiura.
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fish lure

  • noun (angling) any bright artificial bait consisting of plastic or metal mounted with hooks and trimmed with feathers
    fisherman's lure.
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Fish maw

  • (Zoöl.), the stomach of a fish; also, the air bladder, or sound.
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Fish meal

  • noun ground dried fish used as fertilizer and as feed for domestic livestock
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  • fish desiccated and ground fine, for use in soups, etc.
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fish mousse

  • noun mousse made with fish
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Fish oil

  • noun a fatty oil obtained from the livers of various fish
    fish oil.
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  • oil obtained from the bodies of fish and marine animals, as whales, seals, sharks, from cods' livers, etc.
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Fish owl

  • (Zoöl.), a fish-eating owl of the Old World genera Scotopelia and Ketupa, esp. a large East Indian species (K. Ceylonensis).
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Fish plate

  • one of the plates of a fish joint.
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Fish pot

  • a wicker basket, sunk, with a float attached, for catching crabs, lobsters, etc.
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Fish pound

  • a net attached to stakes, for entrapping and catching fish; a weir. Local, U.S. Bartlett.
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fish scale

  • noun scale of the kind that covers the bodies of fish
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Fish slice

  • noun a food turner with a broad blade used for turning or serving fish or other food that is cooked in a frying pan
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  • a broad knife for dividing fish at table; a fish trowel.
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Fish slide

  • an inclined box set in a stream at a small fall, or ripple, to catch fish descending the current. Knight.
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Fish sound

  • the air bladder of certain fishes, esp. those that are dried and used as food, or in the arts, as for the preparation of isinglass.
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fish species

  • noun a species of fish
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fish steak

  • noun cross-section slice of a large fish
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fish stew

  • noun a stew made with fish
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fish stick

  • noun a long fillet of fish breaded and fried
    fish finger.
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Fish story

  • a story which taxes credulity; an extravagant or incredible narration. Colloq. U.S. Bartlett.
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Fish strainer

  • . (a) A metal colander, with handles, for taking fish from a boiler. (b) A perforated earthenware slab at the bottom of a dish, to drain the water from a boiled fish.
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fish tank

  • noun a tank or pool or bowl filled with water for keeping live fish and underwater animals
    marine museum; aquarium.
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Fish trowel

  • a fish slice.
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fish-bellied

Fish"-bel`lied adjective

Definitions
  1. Bellying or swelling out on the under side; as, a fish-bellied rail. Knight.
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fish-block

Fish"-block` noun

Definitions
  1. See Fish-tackle.
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fish-fly

  • noun similar to but smaller than the dobsonfly; larvae are used as fishing bait
    fish fly.
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fish-liver oil

  • noun a fatty oil obtained from the livers of various fish
    fish oil.
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fish-tackle

Fish"-tac`kle noun

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  1. A tackle or purchase used to raise the flukes of the anchor up to the gunwale. The block used is called the fish-block.
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fish-tail

Fish"-tail` adjective

Definitions
  1. Like the of a fish; acting, or producing something, like the tail of a fish.
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fish-worship

  • noun the worship of fish
    ichthyolatry.
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fishing boat

  • noun a vessel for fishing; often has a well to keep the catch alive
    fishing smack; fishing boat.
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fishing eagle

  • noun of southeast Europe and central Asia
    Haliaeetus leucorhyphus.
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fishing expedition

  • noun an investigation undertaken in the hope (but not the stated purpose) of discovering information
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fishing gear

  • noun gear used in fishing
    fishing gear; tackle; fishing rig; rig.
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fishing licence

  • noun a license authorizing the bearer to fish during a specified period of time
    fishing license; fishing licence.
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fishing license

  • noun a license authorizing the bearer to fish during a specified period of time
    fishing license; fishing licence.
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fishing line

  • noun a length of cord to which the leader and float and sinker and hook are attached
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fishing net

  • noun a net that will enclose fish when it is pulled in
    fishnet.
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fishing permit

  • noun a license authorizing the bearer to fish during a specified period of time
    fishing license; fishing licence.
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fishing pole

  • noun a rod of wood or steel or fiberglass that is used in fishing to extend the fishing line
    fishing pole.
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fishing rig

  • noun gear used in fishing
    fishing gear; tackle; fishing rig; rig.
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fishing rod

  • noun a rod of wood or steel or fiberglass that is used in fishing to extend the fishing line
    fishing pole.
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fishing season

  • noun the season during which it is legal to catch fish
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fishing smack

  • noun a vessel for fishing; often has a well to keep the catch alive
    fishing smack; fishing boat.
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fishing tackle

  • noun gear used in fishing
    fishing gear; tackle; fishing rig; rig.
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fishing vessel

  • noun a vessel for fishing; often has a well to keep the catch alive
    fishing smack; fishing boat.
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fishing worm

  • noun terrestrial worm that burrows into and helps aerate soil; often surfaces when the ground is cool or wet; used as bait by anglers
    earthworm; angleworm; dew worm; fishworm; wiggler; nightwalker; red worm; nightcrawler; crawler.
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flame fish

  • noun a cardinalfish found in tropical Atlantic coastal waters
    flamefish; Apogon maculatus.
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flashlight fish

  • noun fish of deep dark waters having a light organ below each eye
    Photoblepharon palpebratus.
  • noun fish having a luminous organ beneath eye; of warm waters of the western Pacific and Puerto Rico
    anomalops.
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Fly fishing

  • the act or art of angling with a bait of natural or artificial flies. Walton.
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fly-fish

  • verb fish with flies as lures
    fly-fish; flyfish.
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Fly"-fish intransitive verb

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  1. To angle, using flies for bait. Walton.
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fly-fishing

  • noun angling with an artificial fly as a lure
  • verb fish with flies as lures
    fly-fish; flyfish.
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Flying fish

  • noun tropical marine fishes having enlarged winglike fins used for brief gliding flight
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  • . (Zoöl.) See Flying fish, in the Vocabulary.
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food fish

  • noun any fish used for food by human beings
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four-wing flying fish

  • noun having both pectoral and pelvic fins enlarged
    biplane flying fish.
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fresh fish

  • noun soldiers who are regarded as expendable in the face of artillery fire
    fodder; cannon fodder.
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freshwater fish

  • noun flesh of fish from fresh water used as food
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frost fish

  • noun long-bodied marine fishes having a long whiplike scaleless body and sharp teeth; closely related to snake mackerel
    hairtail; cutlassfish.
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gadoid fish

  • noun a soft-finned fish of the family Gadidae
    gadoid.
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game fish

  • noun any fish providing sport for the angler
    game fish.
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ganoid fish

  • noun primitive fishes having thick bony scales with a shiny covering
    ganoid.
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Garter fish

  • (Zoöl.), a fish of the genus Lepidopus, having a long, flat body, like the blade of a sword; the scabbard fish.
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gefilte fish

  • noun well-seasoned balls of ground fish and eggs and crushed crumbs simmered in fish stock
    fish ball.
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go fish

  • noun a card game for two players who try to assemble books of cards by asking the opponent for particular cards
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Ground fish

  • (Zoöl.), any fish which constantly lives on the botton of the sea, as the sole, turbot, halibut.
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half-fish

Half"-fish` noun

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  1. (Zoöl.) A salmon in its fifth year of growth. Prov. Eng.
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Hammer fish

  • . See Hammerhead.
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handsaw fish

  • noun a soft-finned fish of the genus Alepisaurus
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Harvest fish

  • (Zoöl.), a marine fish of the Southern United States (Stromateus alepidotus); called whiting in Virginia. Also applied to the dollar fish.
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Hedgehog fish

  • (Zoöl.), any spinose plectognath fish, esp. of the genus Diodon; the porcupine fish.
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jackknife-fish

  • noun black-and-white drumfish with an erect elongated dorsal fin
    Equetus lanceolatus.
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jawless fish

  • noun eel-shaped vertebrate without jaws or paired appendages including the cyclostomes and some extinct forms
    jawless vertebrate; agnathan.
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kettle of fish

  • noun informal terms for a difficult situation
    mess; fix; muddle; jam; hole; pickle.
    • he got into a terrible fix
    • he made a muddle of his marriage
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lance fish

Lance" fish`

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  1. (Zoöl.) A slender marine fish of the genus Ammodytes, especially Ammodytes tobianus of the English coast; -- called also sand lance.
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Lancet fish

  • noun large elongate scaleless oceanic fishes with sharp teeth and a long dorsal fin that resembles a sail
    wolffish; lancetfish.
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  • . (Zoöl.) (a) A large, voracious, deep-sea fish (Alepidosaurus ferox), having long, sharp, lancetlike teeth . (b) The doctor, or surgeon fish.
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Land fish

  • a fish on land; a person quite out of place. Shak.
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Lizard fish

  • (Zoöl.), a marine scopeloid fish of the genus Synodus, or Saurus, esp. S. foetens of the Southern United States and West Indies; called also sand pike.
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lobe-finned fish

  • noun any fish of the order Crossopterygii; most known only in fossil form
    crossopterygian; lobefin.
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lookdown fish

  • noun similar to moonfish but with eyes high on the truncated forehead
    Selene vomer; lookdown.
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Mango fish

  • (Zoöl.), a fish of the Ganges (Polynemus risua), highly esteemed for food. It has several long, slender filaments below the pectoral fins. It appears about the same time with the mango fruit, in April and May, whence the name.
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margate fish

Mar"gate fish"

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  1. (Zoöl.) A sparoid fish (Diabasis aurolineatus) of the Gulf of Mexico, esteemed as a food fish; -- called also red-mouth grunt.
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may fish

  • noun black-barred fish of bays and coastal marshes of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast of the United States
    Fundulus majalis; striped killifish; mayfish.
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Mermaid fish

  • (Zoöl.) the angel fish (Squatina).
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monoplane flying fish

  • noun having only pectoral fins enlarged
    monoplane flying fish.
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Musical fish

  • (Zoöl.), any fish which utters sounds under water, as the drumfish, grunt, gizzard shad, etc.
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Mutton fish

  • (Zoöl.), the American eelpout. See Eelpout.
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Neither fish nor flesh

  • (Fig.), neither one thing nor the other.
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net fish

  • verb fish with nets
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odd fish

  • noun someone regarded as eccentric or crazy and standing out from a group
    kook; queer duck; odd man out; queer bird; odd fellow.
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Onion fish

  • (Zoöl.), the grenadier.
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Organ fish

  • (Zoöl.), the drumfish.
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Oyster fish

  • noun a variety of toadfish
    oysterfish; oyster fish.
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  • . (Zoöl.) (a) The tautog. (b) The toadfish.
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oyster-fish

  • noun a variety of toadfish
    oysterfish; oyster fish.
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Paradise fish

  • (Zoöl.), a beautiful fresh-water Asiatic fish (Macropodus viridiauratus) having very large fins. It is often kept alive as an ornamental fish.
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Parrot wrasse, Parrot fish

  • (Zoöl.), any fish of the genus Scarus. One species (S. Cretensis), found in the Mediterranean, is esteemed by epicures, and was highly prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
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Peacock fish

  • (Zoöl.), the European blue-striped wrasse (Labrus variegatus); so called on account of its brilliant colors. Called also cook wrasse and cook.
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pearl-fish

  • noun found living within the alimentary canals of e.g. sea cucumbers or between the shells of pearl oysters in or near shallow seagrass beds
    pearlfish.
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Pelican fish

  • (Zoöl.), deep-sea fish (Eurypharynx pelecanoides) of the order Lyomeri, remarkable for the enormous development of the jaws, which support a large gular pouch.
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percoid fish

  • noun any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
    percoidean; percoid.
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Peter's fish

  • (Zoöl.), a haddock; so called because the black spots, one on each side, behind the gills, are traditionally said to have been caused by the fingers of St. Peter, when he caught the fish to pay the tribute. The name is applied, also, to other fishes having similar spots.
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Pilot fish

  • . (Zoöl) (a) A pelagic carangoid fish (Naucrates ductor); so named because it is often seen in company with a shark, swimming near a ship, on account of which sailors imagine that it acts as a pilot to the shark . (b) The rudder fish (Seriola zonata).
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pisces the fishes

  • noun the twelfth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about February 19 to March 20
    Pisces; Fish.
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plectognath fish

  • noun tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
    plectognath.
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poeciliid fish

  • noun small usually brightly-colored viviparous surface-feeding fishes of fresh or brackish warm waters; often used in mosquito control
    live-bearer; topminnow; poeciliid.
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polly fish

  • noun gaudy tropical fishes with parrotlike beaks formed by fusion of teeth
    pollyfish; parrotfish.
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poor fish

  • noun a person who is not very bright
    pillock; dullard; pudding head; stupe; stupid; pudden-head; stupid person; dolt.
    • The economy, stupid!
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Porcupine fish

  • noun spines become erect when the body is inflated; worldwide in warm waters
    Diodon hystrix; porcupinefish.
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  • (Zoöl.), any plectognath fish having the body covered with spines which become erect when the body is inflated. See Diodon, and Globefish.
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pork-fish

  • noun black and gold grunt found from Bermuda to Caribbean to Brazil
    Anisotremus virginicus; porkfish.
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rainbow fish

  • noun small freshwater fish of South America and the West Indies; often kept in aquariums
    Lebistes reticulatus; guppy.
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Rapier fish

  • (Zoöl.), the swordfish. Obs.
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rattail fish

  • noun deep-sea fish with a large head and body and long tapering tail
    rattail; grenadier.
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Razor fish

  • noun any of several small wrasses with compressed sharp-edged heads of the West Indies and Mediterranean
    razor fish.
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  • . (Zoöl.) (a) A small Mediterranean fish (Coryphæna novacula), prized for the table . (b) The razor shell.
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razor-fish

  • noun any of several small wrasses with compressed sharp-edged heads of the West Indies and Mediterranean
    razor fish.
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Ribbon fish

  • . (Zoöl.) (a) Any elongated, compressed, ribbon-shaped marine fish of the family Trachypteridæ, especially the species of the genus Trachypterus, and the oarfish (Regelecus Banksii) of the North Atlantic, which is sometimes over twenty feet long . (b) The hairtail, or bladefish . (c) A small compressed marine fish of the genus Cepola, having a long, slender, tapering tail. The European species (C. rubescens) is light red throughout. Called also band fish.
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rough fish

  • noun any fish useless for food or sport or even as bait
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Rudder fish

  • . (Zoöl.) (a) The pilot fish . (b) The amber fish (Seriola zonata), which is bluish having six broad black bands . (c) A plain greenish black American fish (Leirus perciformis); called also black rudder fish, logfish, and barrel fish. The name is also applied to other fishes which follow vessels.
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Saber fish, ∨ Sabre fish

  • (Zoöl.), the cutlass fish.
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Sacred fish

  • (Zoöl.), any one of fresh-water African fishes of the family Mormyridæ. Several large species inhabit the Nile and were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians; especially Mormyris oxyrhynchus.
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Saint Peter's fish

  • . (Zoöl.) See John Dory, under John.
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Salt fish

  • . (a) Salted fish, especially cod, haddock, and similar fishes that have been salted and dried for food. (b) A marine fish.
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saltwater fish

  • noun flesh of fish from the sea used as food
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sargassum fish

  • noun small fantastically formed and colored fishes found among masses of sargassum
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Scabbard fish

  • (Zoöl.), a long, compressed, silver-colored tænioid fish (Lepidopus caudatus, ∨ argyreus), found on the European coasts, and more abundantly about New Zealand, where it is called frostfish and considered an excellent food fish.
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Scarlet fish

  • (Zoöl.), the telescope fish; so called from its red color. See under Telescope.
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sciaenid fish

  • noun widely distributed family of carnivorous percoid fishes having a large air bladder used to produce sound
    sciaenid.
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scombroid fish

  • noun important marine food and game fishes found in all tropical and temperate seas; some are at least partially endothermic and can thrive in colder waters
    scombroid.
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scorpaenid fish

  • noun any of numerous carnivorous usually bottom-dwelling warm-water marine fishes found worldwide but most abundant in the Pacific
    scorpaenid.
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scorpaenoid fish

  • noun fishes having the head armored with bony plates
    scorpaenoid.
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scorpion fish

  • noun marine fishes having a tapering body with an armored head and venomous spines
    scorpionfish; sea scorpion.
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Sea woodcock fish

  • the bellows fish.
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sergeant fish

  • noun large dark-striped tropical food and game fish related to remoras; found worldwide in coastal to open waters
    Rachycentron canadum; cobia.
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Serpent fish

  • (Zoöl.), a fish (Cepola rubescens) with a long, thin, compressed body, and a band of red running lengthwise.
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serranid fish

  • noun marine food sport fishes mainly of warm coastal waters
    serranid.
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shrimp-fish

  • noun slender tropical shallow-water East Indian fish covered with transparent plates
    shrimpfish.
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silurid fish

  • noun Old World freshwater catfishes having naked skin and a long anal fin more or less merged with the eellike caudal fin
    silurid.
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siluriform fish

  • noun any of numerous mostly freshwater bottom-living fishes of Eurasia and North America with barbels like whiskers around the mouth
    catfish.
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Singing fish

  • (Zoöl.), a California toadfish (Porichthys porosissimus).
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skillet fish

  • noun clingfish with typical skillet shape
    Gobiesox strumosus; skilletfish.
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snake-fish

  • noun tropical fishes with large mouths in lizard-like heads; found worldwide
    lizardfish; snakefish.
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soft-finned fish

  • noun any fish of the superorder Malacopterygii
    malacopterygian.
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Soldier fish

  • (Zoöl.), a bright-colored etheostomoid fish (Etheostoma coeruleum) found in the Mississippi River; called also blue darter, and rainbow darter.
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soldier-fish

  • noun the larger squirrelfishes
    soldierfish.
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sparid fish

  • noun spiny-finned food fishes of warm waters having well-developed teeth
    sparid.
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spillet fishing

Spil"let fish`ing, Spil"liard fish`ing

Also
  • Spillet fishing
  • Spilliard fishing
Definitions
  1. A system or method of fishing by means of a number of hooks set on snoods all on one line; -- in North America, called trawl fishing, bultow, or bultow fishing, and long-line fishing.
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spiny-finned fish

  • noun a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
    acanthopterygian.
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sport fish

  • noun any fish providing sport for the angler
    game fish.
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Squirrel fish

  • (Zoöl.) (a) A sea bass (Serranus fascicularis) of the Southern United States . (b) The sailor's choice (Diplodus rhomboides) . (c) The redmouth, or grunt . (d) A market fish of Bermuda (Holocentrum Ascensione).
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still-fish

  • verb fish with the line and bait resting still or stationary in the water
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Strawberry fish

  • (Zoöl.), the amadavat.
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stromateid fish

  • noun small marine fish with a short compressed body and feeble spines
    stromateid; butterfish.
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Sucker fish

  • . See Sucking fish, under Sucking.
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Sucking fish

  • noun marine fishes with a flattened elongated body and a sucking disk on the head for attaching to large fish or moving objects
    suckerfish; remora.
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  • (Zoöl.), the remora. See Remora. Baird.
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suleah fish

Su"le*ah fish`

Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) A coarse fish of India, used in making a breakfast relish called burtah.
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Surf fish

  • noun a fish of the Pacific coast of North America
    surffish; yellowfin croaker; Umbrina roncador.
  • noun small to medium-sized shallow-water fishes of the Pacific coast of North America
    surfperch; surffish.
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  • (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of California embiotocoid fishes. See Embiotocoid.
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surf fishing

  • noun casting (artificial) bait far out into the ocean (up to 200 yards) with the waves breaking around you
    surf casting.
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Surgeon fish

  • . See def. 2, above.
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Tadpole fish

  • . (Zoöl.) See Forkbeard (a).
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Tamarind fish

  • a preparation of a variety of East Indian fish with the acid pulp of the tamarind fruit.
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teleost fish

  • noun a bony fish of the subclass Teleostei
    teleost; teleostan.
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Telescope fish

  • (Zoöl.), a monstrous variety of the goldfish having very protuberant eyes.
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thread-fish

  • noun fish having greatly elongated front rays on dorsal and anal fins
    threadfish; Alectis ciliaris.
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To fish the anchor

  • to hoist the flukes to their resting place (called the bill-boards), and pass the shank painter.
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Tobacco-pipe fish

  • . (Zoöl.) See Pipemouth.
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tobias fish

To*bi"as fish`

Etymology
See the Note under Asmodeus, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) The lant, or sand eel.
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tongue-fish

  • noun left-eyed marine flatfish whose tail tapers to a point; of little commercial value
    tonguefish.
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Tree fish

  • (Zoöl.), a California market fish (Sebastichthys serriceps).
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Trigger fish

  • (Zoöl.), a large plectognath fish (Balistes Carolinensis or B. capriscus) common on the southern coast of the United States, and valued as a food fish in some localities. Its rough skin is used for scouring and polishing in the place of sandpaper. Called also leather jacket, and turbot.
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Trumpet fish

  • . (Zoöl.) (a) The bellows fish. (b) The fistularia.
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tuna fish

  • noun important warm-water fatty fish of the genus Thunnus of the family Scombridae; usually served as steaks
    tuna; tunny.
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tuna fish salad

  • noun salad composed primarily of chopped canned tuna fish
    tuna salad.
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two-wing flying fish

  • noun having only pectoral fins enlarged
    monoplane flying fish.
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Unicorn fish, Unicorn whale

  • (Zoöl.), the narwhal.
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united states fish and wildlife service

  • noun an agency in the Department of the Interior that conserves and protects fish and wildlife and their habitats; assesses the environmental impact of pesticides and nuclear power site and hydroelectric dams and thermal pollution
    United States Fish and Wildlife Service; FWS.
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Urchin fish

  • (Zoöl.), a diodon.
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us fish and wildlife service

  • noun an agency in the Department of the Interior that conserves and protects fish and wildlife and their habitats; assesses the environmental impact of pesticides and nuclear power site and hydroelectric dams and thermal pollution
    United States Fish and Wildlife Service; FWS.
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Viper fish

  • (Zoöl.), a small, slender, phosphorescent deep-sea fish (Chauliodus Sloanii). It has long ventral and dorsal fins, a large mouth, and very long, sharp teeth.
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Viviparous fish

  • . (Zoöl.) See Embiotocoid.
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Walking fish

  • (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of Asiatic fishes of the genus Ophiocephalus, some of which, as O. marulius, become over four feet long. They have a special cavity over the gills lined with a membrane adapted to retain moisture to aid in respiration, and are thus able to travel considerable distances over the land at night, whence the name. They construct a curious nest for their young. Called also langya.
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Wolf fish

  • noun large ferocious northern deep-sea food fishes with strong teeth and no pelvic fins
    catfish; wolffish.
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  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of large, voracious marine fishes of the genus Anarrhichas, especially the common species (A. lupus) of Europe and North America. These fishes have large teeth and powerful jaws. Called also catfish, sea cat, sea wolf, stone biter, and swinefish.
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worm fish

  • noun poorly known family of small tropical shallow-water fishes related to gobies
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young fish

  • noun a fish that is young
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