cowfish

cowfish

[kou-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) cowfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cowfishes.
1.
any of several marine fishes having hornlike projections over the eyes, especially a trunkfish, Lactophrys guadricornus, found in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
2.
a sirenian, as the manatee.
3.
any of various small cetaceans, as a porpoise or dolphin or the grampus, Grampus griseus.

Origin:
1625–35; cow1 + fish

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cowfish (ˈkaʊˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fish, -fishes
1.  any trunkfish, such as Lactophrys quadricornis, having hornlike spines over the eyes
2.  (loosely) any of various large aquatic animals, such as a sea cow

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cowfish

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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