Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?


[kling-fish] /ˈklɪŋˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) clingfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) clingfishes.
any fish of the family Gobiesocidae, having a sucking disk on the abdomen for clinging to stones, debris, etc.
1890-95; cling1 + fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for cling fish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any small marine teleost fish of the family Gobiesocidae, having a flattened elongated body with a sucking disc beneath the head for clinging to rocks, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for cling fish


any of about 100 species of small fishes of the family Gobiesocidae and the order Gobiesociformes. Clingfishes are characterized by a strong suction disk located on the undersurface and formed by the pelvic fins and adjacent folds of flesh. They are scaleless fishes and have wide, flattened heads. Most species are about 7.5 cm (3 inches) or less in length, though the South African Chorisochismus dentex is up to 30 cm (12 inches) long. Some of the tropical American clingfishes of the genus Gobiesox live in rapid streams, but most clingfishes inhabit the sea, living in the intertidal zone and maintaining a hold on the bottom with the sucking disk

Learn more about clingfish with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for clingfish

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for cling

Scrabble Words With Friends