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[hawg-fish, hog-] /ˈhɔgˌfɪʃ, ˈhɒg-/
noun, plural (especially collectively) hogfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) hogfishes.
a large wrasse, Lachnolaimus maximus, of the western Atlantic Ocean, used for food.
any of various other fishes having a fancied resemblance to a hog, as the pigfish and logperch.
Origin of hogfish
1590-1600; translation of Medieval Latin porcopiscis porpoise. See hog, fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One o' the smacks hed jist brought in a hogfish that day, an' it was the worst lookin' critter that ever growed in the sea.

    Rockhaven Charles Munn
  • As he approached the mainland he made out the fort, and steering directly for it, passed safely through hogfish Cut.

    Fighting for the Right Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for hogfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
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
another name for pigfish (sense 1)
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