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

  • noun Any of numerous scaleless, chiefly freshwater fishes of the order Siluriformes, characteristically having whiskerlike barbels extending from the upper jaw.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Victoria and New South Wales, a fresh-water fish, Copidoglanis tandanus.
  • noun A name of the wolf-fish, Anarrhichas lupus, from its dentition and its ferocity when caught. See wolf-fish.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A name given in some parts of England to the weever, Trachinus draco.
  • noun A local English name of the scyllioid shark, Scyllium catulus.
  • noun A local English name of the torsk, Brosmius brosme.
  • noun A name in New Zealand for fishes of the family Uranoscopidæ, especially the Ichthyscopus monopterygius.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any fish of the order Siluriformes, that are mainly found in freshwater, are without scales, and have barbels like whiskers around the mouth.
  • noun Internet, psychology, slang a person who sets up or runs a false puppet social networking identity profile for fraudulent or deceptive purposes

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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