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[muhngk-fish] /ˈmʌŋkˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) monkfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) monkfishes.
angler (def 3).
Origin of monkfish
1600-10; monk + fish, apparently alluding to its remote sea-bottom habitat Unabridged
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  • There have been hundreds of recalls in the past two years alone including one for mislabeling poisoned puffer fish as monkfish.
  • Menu items include dishes such as yellow tomato gazpacho, roasted rabbit and butter poached monkfish.
  • And a monkfish vindaloo was not as intriguing as it sounded, requiring more than its fair share of long-bean chutney.
British Dictionary definitions for monkfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
Also called (US) goosefish. any of various anglers of the genus Lophius
another name for the angel shark
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