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

  • n. Any of numerous scaleless, chiefly freshwater fishes of the order Siluriformes, characteristically having whiskerlike barbels extending from the upper jaw. Also called regionally bullhead, mud cat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any fish of the order Siluriformes, that are mainly found in freshwater, are without scales, and have barbels like whiskers around the mouth.
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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name given in the United States to various species of siluroid fishes; This name is also sometimes applied to the wolf fish. See bullhrad.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of the wolf-fish, Anarrhichas lupus, from its dentition and its ferocity when caught. See wolf-fish.
  • n. A name generally given in the United States to species of the family Siluridæ, which when taken out of the water emit a sound like the purring of a cat.
  • n. A name given in some parts of England to the weever, Trachinus draco.
  • n. A local English name of the scyllioid shark, Scyllium catulus.
  • n. A local English name of the torsk, Brosmius brosme.
  • n. A name in New Zealand for fishes of the family Uranoscopidæ, especially the Ichthyscopus monopterygius.
  • n. In Victoria and New South Wales, a fresh-water fish, Copidoglanis tandanus.

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

  • n. large ferocious northern deep-sea food fishes with strong teeth and no pelvic fins
  • n. any of numerous mostly freshwater bottom-living fishes of Eurasia and North America with barbels like whiskers around the mouth
  • n. flesh of scaleless food fish of the southern United States; often farmed


From cat +‎ fish. Likely so named for its prominent barbels like the cat's whiskers. (Wiktionary)



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