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blowfish

[bloh-fish] /ˈbloʊˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) blowfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) blowfishes.
1.
puffer (def 2).
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; blow2 + fish
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Examples from the web for blowfish
  • His idea of a partridge in a pear tree is a blowfish in a spruce.
  • Other catches include sea mullet and snapper bluefish plus the occasional blowfish and scup.
  • It's a kind of puffer called the balloonfish, also called blowfish and globefish.
  • Maria added that anglers were catching a mixture of croaker, blowfish and the occasional flounder from the shop's pier.
  • Other catches include plenty of pigfish and bluefish plus a scattering of sea mullet, scup and blowfish.
British Dictionary definitions for blowfish

blowfish

/ˈbləʊˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
a popular name for puffer (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for blowfish
n.

also blow-fish, 1862, American English, from blow (v.1) + fish (n.).

Then he described another odd product of the bay, that was known as the blow-fish, and had the power of inflating himself with air when taken out of the water. ["The Young Nimrods in North America," New York, 1881]

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