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bottom fish

noun
1.
any of certain fishes that live at or near the bottom of a body of water, as certain of the cod and related species, the flatfishes, and catfishes.
Also called ground fish.

bottom-fish

[bot-uh m-fish] /ˈbɒt əmˌfɪʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to fish with a weighted line for fish that feed close to the bottom.
Also, ground-fish.
Origin of bottom-fish
1840-1850
1840-50
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  • It is a bottom fish, feeding on crustaceans and small mollusks, and is found wherever they abound on the outer shoals.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • It is a bottom fish, feeding in company with the large groupers on small fishes and crustaceans.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • It was evidently a bottom fish of some kind, and resembled a "hammer-head," but with some marked differences.

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
  • It is a bottom fish, feeding mostly on mollusks, which it crushes with the blunt teeth of the throat.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall

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