American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See puffer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plectognath fish, of any of the several genera Tetrodon, Diodon, and related forms, capable of inflating itself like a ball, or swelling up by swallowing air: the name is given to the globe-fish, bur-fish, puffing-fish, porcupine-fish, rabbit-fish, tambor, puffer, etc. Numerous species are found in the seas of most parts of the world. Also
swell-toad. See also cuts under balloon-fish, Diodon, and Tetrodontidæ.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any plectognath fish that dilates itself, as the bur fish, puffer, or diodon.
- swell + fish (Wiktionary)
“What it is: One of a family of marine or estuarine fish known as Tetraodontidae whichincludesmany familiar species variously called puffers, puffer fish, balloonfish, blowfish, bubblefish, globefish, swellfish and toadfish.”
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