Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A North American grunt (Orthopristis chrysoptera) with a piglike mouth, found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States and important as a food fish. Also called hogfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any one of several species of salt-water grunts, called also hogfish.
  • n. A sculpin
  • n. Any of several other fishes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of salt-water grunts; -- called also hogfish.
  • n. A sculpin. The name is also applied locally to several other fishes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any one of various fishes which make a grunting noise when taken out of the water.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. found around the Great Barrier Reef
  • n. found from Long Island southward

Etymologies

From the grunting sound it makes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
pig +‎ fish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the vicinity of Wilmington, considerable line fishing is done at times on the blackfish banks located several miles off shore, sea bass, grunts and pigfish being the species taken.

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  • Dolphins, rock-cod, pigfish, and blackfish may be caught as quickly as they can be hauled out.

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  • "After the seaweed beds died off, horse mackerels and striped pigfish quickly swam away," says fisherman Mitsugi Tomita, 70.

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  • Trout fishing is holding steady with live pigfish the best bait.

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  • Keying on finding schools, his anglers started casting live pinfish, pigfish and croakers and caught about 20 or 25 trout, some oversized and some small, he said.

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