from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various slow-moving, scaleless, sharp-toothed fishes of the family Batrachoididae, having a broad, flattened head and a wide mouth, found in tropical and temperate waters.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the ray-finned fishes of family Batrachoididae, benthic ambush predators.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any marine fish of the genus Batrachus, having a large, thick head and a wide mouth, and bearing some resemblance to a toad. The American species (Batrachus tau) is very common in shallow water. Called also oyster fish, and sapo.
- n. The angler.
- n. A swellfish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In New Zealand, a scarce marine fish of the family Cottidæ, Neophry-nichthys latus. E. E. Marris, Austral English.
- n. In Australia, Tetraodon hamiltoni and various other species of Tetraodon, of the family Gymnodontes. E. E. Morris, Austral English.
- n. A fish of the genus Batrachus, especially B. tan; the oyster-fish or sapo, of the Atlantic coast of the United States from Massachusetts to the West Indies
- n. A lophioid fish, Lophius piscatorius, so called from its uncouth aspect; the fishing-frog, seadevil, wide-gab, or angler. See cut under angler.
- n. A swell-fish, as Tetrodon turgidus, the common puffer of the Atlantic coast of the United States, 12 inches long. Also called swell-toad.
- n. The frog-fish or mouse-fish, Antennarius (or Pterovhrync) histrio.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. bottom-dwelling fish having scaleless slimy skin and a broad thick head with a wide mouth
From toad + fish, by reference to their toadlike appearance. (Wiktionary)