Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fish of the genus Diodon or Tetraodon, capable of distending its body by taking air or water into its dilatable esophagus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A fish of the genus Diodon (such as Diodon holocanthus) or the genus Tetraodon, having the power of distending its body by taking air or water into its dilatable esophagus. It is similar to but smaller than the porcupinefish. See globefish, and bur fish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A globefish; a fish of the order Plectognathi and suborder Gymnodontes, as the tropical Tetraodon lineatus, or striped spine-belly, or a species of one of the genera Triodon and Diodon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. similar to but smaller than porcupinefish

Etymologies

balloon +‎ fish (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • 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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