Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several anglerfishes of the genus Lophius, such as L. americanus of North American Atlantic waters. Also called monkfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. anglerfish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See angler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fishing-frog or angler, Lophius piscatorius.

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

  • n. fishes having large mouths with a wormlike filament attached for luring prey

Etymologies

goose +‎ fish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Monkfish, also called lotte, angler, allmouth, bellyfish, and goosefish, has a mild flavor and a texture similar to lobster.

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  • It is the lake cusk or freshwater ling and could be utilized on our tables; but the wolffish, the rock blenny, the angler or goosefish, the skate, and twenty other kinds, are of great value as food.

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  • They sometimes call it a goosefish, because it attacks wild geese, but the right name is fishing-frog or angler.

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  • Neptune, his white teeth flashing when he laughed, a pitchfork in his hands with which to spear the goosefish as they turned up in the net, and throw them back into the sea.

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  • And along the U.S. Atlantic Coast, fishermen used to toss back a toad-colored fish that looked like it was 30 percent mouth and 50 percent stomach: the goosefish.

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  • 5 The anglerfish or goosefish lives on the ocean floor and uses a fleshy dorsal to attract smaller fish, which it then eats in one gulp.

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  • But for these creatures — slimeheads, goosefish, rock crabs, Patagonian toothfish, whore’s eggs — it was a curse.

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