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lumpfish

[luhmp-fish] /ˈlʌmpˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) lumpfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) lumpfishes.
1.
any of several thick-bodied, sluggish fishes of the family Cyclopteridae, found in northern seas, having the pelvic fins modified and united into a sucking disk, especially Cyclopterus lumpus, of the North Atlantic.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; lump1 + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for lump fish

lumpfish

/ˈlʌmpˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
a North Atlantic scorpaenoid fish, Cyclopterus lumpus, having a globular body covered with tubercles, pelvic fins fused into a sucker, and an edible roe: family Cyclopteridae
2.
any other fish of the family Cyclopteridae
Also called lumpsucker
Word Origin
C16: lump (now obsolete) lumpfish, from Middle Dutch lumpe, perhaps related to lump1
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Encyclopedia Article for lump fish

lumpfish

any of certain marine fish of the family Cyclopteridae (order Scorpaeniformes), found in cold northern waters. Lumpsuckers are thickset, short-bodied, scaleless fish with skins that are either smooth or studded with bony tubercles. Like the snailfish, which are often included in the family, they are characterized by a strong sucking disk on the undersurface. The disk is formed from the pelvic fins and is used by the fish in holding firmly to the sea bottom.

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