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

  • n. A very large freshwater catfish (Silurus glanis) of central and eastern Europe and western Asia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several large, freshwater catfish, of the genus Silurus, found in the Danube and other Eastern European rivers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A European siluroid fish (Silurus glanis) allied to the cat-fishes. It is the largest fresh-water fish of Europe, sometimes becoming six feet or more in length. See siluroid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish of the family Siluridæ, especially Silurus glanis, the great catfish of central and eastern Europe, the largest fresh-water fish of Europe except the sturgeons, attaining a weight of 300 or 400 pounds.

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

  • n. large elongated catfish of central and eastern Europe


Alteration of obsolete sheathfish : sheath (translation of German Scheide, sheath, sheathfish) + fish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
sheath +‎ fish (Can we verify(+) this etymology?) (Wiktionary)


  • The newt swims by means of its feet and tail; and its tail resembles that of the sheatfish, to compare little with great.

    The History of Animals

  • For, with the exception of the sheatfish, no fish keeps on guard; unless, by the way, it be the carp, which is said to remain on guard, if it so happen that its spawn lies in a solid mass.

    The History of Animals

  • The sheatfish is destroyed in great quantities in shallow waters by the serpent called the dragon.

    The History of Animals

  • Although fish are no longer plentiful owing to the disruption over time of the lake's ecological balance and increasing saltiness due to excessive evaporation, species such as eel, bass, grey mullet and sheatfish are still encountered.

    Turkish Press


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