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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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  • The balloonfish, a type of porcupinefish, can inflate its body as a defense against predators.

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