lump fish

lumpfish

[luhmp-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) lumpfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) lumpfishes.
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:
1735–45; lump1 + fish

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To lump fish
Collins
World English Dictionary
lumpfish (ˈlʌmpˌfɪʃ)
 
n , 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
 
[C16: lump (now obsolete) lumpfish, from Middle Dutch lumpe, perhaps related to lump1]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature