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porcupinefish

[pawr-kyuh-pahyn-fish] /ˈpɔr kyəˌpaɪnˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) porcupinefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) porcupinefishes.
1.
any of several fishes of the family Diodontidae, especially Diodon hystrix, of tropical seas, capable of inflating the body with water or air until it resembles a globe, with erection of the long spines covering the skin.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; porcupine + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for porcupine fish

porcupine fish

noun
1.
any of various plectognath fishes of the genus Diodon and related genera, of temperate and tropical seas, having a body that is covered with sharp spines and can be inflated into a globe: family Diodontidae Also called globefish
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any of the spiny, shallow-water fishes of the family Diodontidae, found in seas around the world, especially the species Diodon hystrix. They are related to the puffers and, like them, can inflate their bodies when provoked.

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