Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several tropical scorpion fishes of the genus Synanceja, especially S. verrucosa, which resembles a small rock and ejects a deadly venom from spines on its dorsal fin.

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  • n. A venomous tropical marine fish resembling a piece of rock, of the genus Synanceia, found in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean

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  • n. venomous tropical marine fish resembling a piece of rock

Etymologies

From its resemblance to an encrusted stone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
stone +‎ fish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • BLONDIE PARK » Blog Archive » Stonefish The stonefish is a relatively unimposing creature at about 10 inches long, awkward in its movements, and intentionally evasive.

    Indian Buzz Remixed

  • "Apparently, there are fish called stonefish that come down when the rivers are swollen and they are very poisonous. ''

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • There is a possible foreign body issue (i.e., risk for infection) if spikes from scorpionfish, stonefish, lionfish or spiny dogfish remain in the victim.

    Fish poisonings and envenomations

  • Species such as the scorpion fish, stonefish and lionfish, are found in the Pacific Ocean, Australia and the temperate waters of the tropics.

    Fish poisonings and envenomations

  • As a diver, you remind me of a stone fish (sorry stonefish of the seas)!

    Cheney: Obama pretending we are not at war

  • The world's most venomous fish is the stonefish, a fixture of Asian and tropic cuisine; its potentially fatal sting has been described as the worst pain a human can feel.

    World's Most Deadly Delicacies

  • When stonefish venom is cooked, it loses its potency.

    World's Most Deadly Delicacies

  • However, human death from eating stonefish is rare to nonexistent.

    World's Most Deadly Delicacies

  • At the time, one could still swim by enormous schools of multicolored parrot fish, barracudas and even the occasional very dangerous stonefish.

    Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

  • Attached to the bow of each propulsion device was a classified, British-made BAE Systems “stonefish” mine meant to destroy any evidence that could point back to the team if the scooters had to be abandoned.

    The Athena Project

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