Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various usually colorful fishes of the family Ostraciidae of warm coastal waters, having a boxlike shape with the body enclosed in bony armorlike plates.
  • noun Any of various similar fishes of the family Aracanidae of deep temperate waters.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name of sundry plectognath fishes of the suborder Gymnodontes and family Tetrodontidœ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The trunkfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of the family Ostraciidae of squared, bony fish, closely related to the pufferfish and filefish.

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

  • noun any of numerous small tropical fishes having body and head encased in bony plates

Etymologies

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box +‎ fish

Examples

  • The undulations of a wolf eel are mirrored in a wave, and a white-spotted boxfish is emphasized by painterly slashes of yellow.

    Photo-Op: Deep-Hued Sea

  • Unbelievably, aquarium officials admitted that they had hoped Dottie might eventually come to see the die as a mature and friendly adult boxfish.

    Zoos: Boredom behind bars

  • Dottie, a boxfish who lives at a British aquarium, passes the time playing with a giant die, her only “companion.”

    Zoos: Boredom behind bars

  • Mercedes engineers constructed a model of the boxfish, put it in a wind tunnel in Germany, found it to be unusually aerodynamic and turned the idea behind the model into a vehicular prototype.

    Coolest Concept Cars 2006 © Aston...

  • Mercedes based the shape of its bionic car prototype on a tropical fish called the "boxfish."

    Coolest Concept Cars 2006 © Aston...

  • Among their findings were the inch-long file clam, the whitespotted boxfish, sacoglossan sea slug and the frankly terrifying post-larval octopus.

    British Blogs

  • Only problem is that the exoskeleton might not work, since boxfish don't have head on collisions with other boxfish (or anything else), and they're a bit more forgiving in that their materials are soft.

    Autoblog

  • Unbelievably, aquarium officials admitted that they had hoped Dottie might eventually come to see the die as a mature and friendly adult boxfish.

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  • Dottie, a boxfish who lives at a British aquarium, passes the time playing with a giant die, her only "companion."

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  • Daimler-Chrysler's designers and engineers scoured nature for the best organism on which to base their vehicle and came up with the boxfish.

    Autoblog

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