American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous scaleless, chiefly freshwater fishes of the order Siluriformes, characteristically having whiskerlike barbels extending from the upper jaw. Also called regionally bullhead, mud cat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of the wolf-fish, Anarrhichas lupus, from its dentition and its ferocity when caught. See wolf-fish.
- n. A name generally given in the United States to species of the family Siluridæ, which when taken out of the water emit a sound like the purring of a cat. The North American species are robust fusiform fishes with 8 barbels, a short dorsal with a strong pointed spine in front, a posterior adipose fin, and a moderate anal. They have been referred to five genera, Amiurus, Gronias, Ictalurus, Leptops, and Noturus. The species of the first two are of some economical importance, and contribute considerably to the food of the poorer classes at least. The most common in the eastern streams are the A. nebulosus and A. albidus, and in the west the A. melas. The largest are the A. nigricans of the great lakes and the A. ponderosus of the Mississippi, the latter sometimes attaining a weight of 100 pounds. The most esteemed is the I. punctatus of the great lakes and the Mississippi valley, recognizable by its slender head and forked tail. The name has been also extended to similar fishes in various parts of the world, and even to species of different but related families.
- n. A name given in some parts of England to the weever, Trachinus draco.
- n. A local English name of the scyllioid shark, Scyllium catulus.
- n. A local English name of the torsk, Brosmius brosme.
- n. A name in New Zealand for fishes of the family Uranoscopidæ, especially the Ichthyscopus monopterygius.
- n. In Victoria and New South Wales, a fresh-water fish, Copidoglanis tandanus. It inhabits the rivers of the Murray system, but not those of the center of the continent. Also called
eel-fishand tandan. In Sydney the same name is applied also to Cnidoglanis megastoma.
- n. Any fish of the order Siluriformes, that are mainly found in freshwater, are without scales, and have barbels like whiskers around the mouth.
- n. Internet, psychology, slang a person who sets up or runs a false puppet social networking identity profile for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A name given in the United States to various species of siluroid fishes; This name is also sometimes applied to the
wolf fish. See bullhrad.
- n. large ferocious northern deep-sea food fishes with strong teeth and no pelvic fins
- n. any of numerous mostly freshwater bottom-living fishes of Eurasia and North America with barbels like whiskers around the mouth
- n. flesh of scaleless food fish of the southern United States; often farmed
- From cat + fish. Likely so named for its prominent barbels like the cat's whiskers. (Wiktionary)
“Much of that 'catfish' in Mississippi is secretly Basa fish from China these days, especially on the buffets at the casinos along the Gulf Coast, were they don't have to call it catfish (which they aren't supposed to do) but just let people assume it is.”
“In the episode, law-enforcement officers use a gadget they called a "catfish" to track cellphones without a court order.”
“Shouldering that catfish is almost more impressive than catching it in the first place.”
“Also, I know you disdain catfish, but there's certainly a subset of guys who are hard-core and pretty cultish about catching monster blues and flatheads.”
“Catching the daddy catfish is fun, but we have a couple baby catfish that we want to raise, and one is to small to eat the minnows we put in there.”
“I've never had walleye, so I am not qualified to say that catfish is absolutely the best of any fried fish.”
“The best thing about catfish is the noises they make when you've brought them in.”
“I checked and no one can say for sure what the largest species of catfish is in the world.”
“The USDA has been focusing on reducing off-flavor in catfish, caused by their unique tendency to absorb and express pollutants in their environment.”
“This catfish comes from a North Carolina-based producer called Carolina Classics Catfish.”
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