from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sea-frog, fishing-frog, or angler, Lophius piscatorius, a fish. See cut under angler.
- n. The toadfish, Batrachus tau.
- n. The sculpin.
- n. The great spidercrab, Hyas araneus.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
I gave them a sketchy account of the sea-toad incident, which left Zed and his buddies covertly smirking.
They say there is a fish called the sea-toad, surnamed the sea-devil, which stirring and spreading the mud troubles the water round about it so as to hide itself therein as in an ambush, from whence, as soon as it perceives poor little fishes, it darts upon them, kills and devours them: whence perhaps has come the common expression — fishing in troubled waters.
(the Moon); -- the _crapaud-de-mer_, or sea-toad, with a dangerous dorsal fin; -- the _vermeil_, the _jacquot_, the _chaponne_, and fifty others ....