Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A marine food fish (Poronotus triacanthus) of the North American Atlantic coast, having a flattened body.
  • n. Any of various similar or related fishes, such as the moonfish and gunnel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various species of fish having a slippery mucous coating, especially

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name given to several different fishes, in allusion to their slippery coating of mucus, as the Stromateus triacanthus of the Atlantic coast, the Epinephelus punctatus of the southern coast, the rock eel, and the kelpfish of New Zealand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to various fishes and other marine animals having a smooth and unctuous surface like butter.
  • n. A fish of the genus Murœnoides, especially M. gunnellus.
  • n. A serranoid fish, Enneacentrus punctatus. Also called nigger-fish.

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

  • n. any of numerous small flat Atlantic food fish having smooth skin
  • n. slippery scaleless food fish of the northern Atlantic coastal waters
  • n. small marine fish with a short compressed body and feeble spines

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From its slippery mucous coating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From butter + fish.

Examples

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  • Perhaps Lake Shannon is a Mountweazel.

    April 14, 2009

  • That noodling for catfish link is clearly some kind of vile Sassenach propaganda. Certainly written by someone who had never been to Ireland, or had access to a map. As evidenced by reference to the non-existent "Lake Shannon"

    April 14, 2009

  • Clumsy? No! Not sure what I was doing, mainly. Just all fish fingers and thumbs, really.

    April 14, 2009

  • So is someone who noodles for catfish a ichthydactylist (ichthyodactylist?) or an piscidigitalist?

    April 13, 2009

  • Tee-hee, gangerh. A common mistake, but I think the term you are thinking of is oleaginopiscidigitalist.

    April 13, 2009

  • Don't you mean oleaginoichthydigitalist?

    April 13, 2009

  • Hah! I can't believe it's not any of numerous small flat Atlantic food fish having smooth skin.

    April 13, 2009

  • Why, you're nothing but a clumsy oleaginoichthydactylist!

    April 13, 2009

  • When you've cast your line and fail to catch these, do fellow anglers call you a butterfish fingers?

    April 13, 2009