from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various marine fishes of the order Lophiiformes, having a long dorsal fin ray that is suspended over the mouth and serves as a lure to attract prey.

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  • noun Any fish of the bony fish order Lophiiformes. These fish use an outgrowth that can be wiggled so as to resemble a prey animal to lure and catch their prey.

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  • noun fishes having large mouths with a wormlike filament attached for luring prey


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  • Name an ingredient, from anglerfish to zucchini, and it probably begins with a seed.


  • Players bought a translucent anglerfish at six times the rate of other sea creatures, using an imaginary currency people get by playing the game.

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  • Like other frogfish — a subset of anglerfish — H. psychedelica has leglike fins on both sides of its body.

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  • When the male anglerfish reaches maturity his digestive system shuts down, rendering him unable to feed.

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  • Anyway, the book not only contains full page pictures of the cardboard cut-outs and foam-rubber sculptures that are uniquely Green Porno, and educational and entertaining phrases such as If I were a male anglerfish I would look sooooo different than the female.

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  • For a male anglerfish, an increasing reliance on the female results in his organs becoming unnecessary, and he begins to disintegrate.

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  • Identities merge, dependency builds, and before you realise it, an anglerfish you've become.

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  • "Eventually the male becomes nothing but a lump on the female's side – an unconscious bulge where once swam an individual": the Blackdevil anglerfish.

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  • Just like the anglerfish, in finding our missing piece, some of us lose a piece we already had.

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  • The male anglerfish has no independent existence, but lives parasitically attached to the female.

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