boxfish

boxfish

[boks-fish]
noun, plural boxfishes (especially collectively) boxfish.

Origin:
1830–40; box1 + fish

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boxfish (ˈbɒksˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fish, -fishes
another name for trunkfish

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boxfish

any of a small group of shallow-water marine fishes of the family Ostraciontidae (or Ostraciidae), distinguished by a hard, boxlike, protective carapace covering most of the body. The alternative name cowfish refers to the hornlike projections on the heads of some species. The members of the family, found along the bottom in warm and tropical seas throughout the world, are considered good to eat and are often dried as curios.

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