Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A teleostean acanthopterygious fish, Anarrhichas lupus: so called from its ferocious aspect and habits. It is found around the coasts of Great Britain, where it attains a length of 6 or 7 feet, but in southern seas it is said to reach a much greater size. The mouth is armed with strong sharp teeth, the inner series forming blunt grinders adapted for crushing the mollusks and crustaceans on which it feeds. The ventral fins are absent; the color is brownish-gray, spotted and striped with brown over the upper parts, while the belly is white. The flesh is palatable, and is largely eaten in Iceland, while the skin is durable, and is manufactured into a kind of shagreen. When taken in a net it attacks its captors ferociously, and unless stunned by a blow on the head is capable of doing great damage with its powerful teeth. Also called sea-cat, catfish, wolf-eel, and sea-wolf. See cut under
“Oh ive used mustads circle hooks for commercial hallibut and wolf-fish fishing and they catch more fish cos they hook in better than normal shaped hooks (balance point etc.), so they cath more fish!”
“Instantly he blew upon a golden whistle, and at the summons a band of wolf-fish appeared and dashed after the prisoners.”
“But Aquareine advanced upon them with her golden sword, and every touch of the charmed weapon instantly killed an enemy, so that one by one the wolf-fish rolled over upon their backs and sank helplessly downward through the water, leaving the prisoners free to continue their way toward the opening in the dome.”
“Schonfeld relates this wolf-fish will seize on an anchor and leave the marks of its teeth in it, and Steller mentions one on the coast of Kamschatka, which he saw lay hold of a cutlass, with which a man was attempting to kill it, and break it to bits as if it had been made of glass.”
“The palate of this ancient ganoid is furnished with a curious dental apparatus, formed apparenly, like that of the recent wolf-fish, for the purpose of crushing shells.”
“We caught too, at different times, numbers of small fish, much resembling a smelt, and once drew out a wolf-fish.”
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17 Arranged in Systematic Order: Forming a Complete History of the Origin and Progress of Navigation, Discovery, and Commerce, by Sea and Land, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time
“toad-stones" mounted in ancient rings are really the teeth of a fish has been already recorded by the R.v.R. H. Newell ( "The Zoology of the English Poets," 1845), but he seems to be mistaken in identifying them with those of the wolf-fish (Anarrhicas).”
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