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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish of the family Diodontid√¶; a porcupine-fish.

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