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hogfish

[hawg-fish, hog-] /ˈhɔgˌfɪʃ, ˈhɒg-/
noun, plural (especially collectively) hogfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) hogfishes.
1.
a large wrasse, Lachnolaimus maximus, of the western Atlantic Ocean, used for food.
2.
any of various other fishes having a fancied resemblance to a hog, as the pigfish and logperch.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; translation of Medieval Latin porcopiscis porpoise. See hog, fish
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hogfish

/ˈhɒɡˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
a wrasse, Lachnolaimus maximus, that occurs in the Atlantic off the SE coast of North America. The head of the male resembles a pig's snout
2.
another name for pigfish (sense 1)
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hogfish

any of certain species of fishes in the wrasse family, Labridae (order Perciformes). Although representatives of the family are found in tropical to temperate oceans throughout the world, the hogfishes occur only in the Atlantic, predominantly in the West Indies

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