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puffer

[puhf-er] /ˈpʌf ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that puffs.
2.
Also called blowfish, globefish. any of various fishes of the family Tetraodontidae, capable of inflating the body with water or air until it resembles a globe, the spines in the skin becoming erected: several species contain the potent nerve poison tetrodotoxin.
Origin of puffer
1620-1630
1620-30; puff + -er1
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  • He felt persuaded that Professor puffer could tell him what he was very anxious to know.

    Bernard Brooks' Adventures Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • This was a question which puffer found it difficult to answer.

    Bernard Brooks' Adventures Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • puffer would always come down to us, however tired, and let us stroke him and kiss his glossy head and neck.

    Live Toys Emma Davenport
  • Professor puffer muttered something, but did not dare to press the demand.

    Bernard Brooks' Adventures Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • A little reflection, however, allayed the fears of Professor puffer.

    Bernard Brooks' Adventures Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • "I believe you are deceiving me," said Professor puffer angrily.

    Bernard Brooks' Adventures Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Then Bernard gave an account of Professor puffer's attempt to throw him over the rail during the voyage.

    Bernard Brooks' Adventures Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • "I won't let him keep the place," said puffer, shutting his lips firmly.

    Bernard Brooks' Adventures Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • One day, no puffer returned to us; and in despair we gave away all our remaining pigeons.

    Live Toys Emma Davenport
British Dictionary definitions for puffer

puffer

/ˈpʌfə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that puffs
2.
Also called globefish. any marine plectognath fish of the family Tetraodontidae, having an elongated spiny body that can be inflated to form a globe
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Word Origin and History for puffer
n.

1620s, agent noun from puff (v.). As "one who praises or extols," from 1736. As a type of fish that inflates itself in defense, from 1814.

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