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[puhf-er] /ˈpʌf ər/
a person or thing that puffs.
Also called blowfish, globefish. any of various fishes of the family Tetraodontidae, capable of inflating the body with water or air until it resembles a globe, the spines in the skin becoming erected: several species contain the potent nerve poison tetrodotoxin.
Origin of puffer
1620-30; puff + -er1 Unabridged
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  • Similar efforts are under way with plant toxins, and with poisons extracted from shellfish and puffer fish.
  • There have been hundreds of recalls in the past two years alone including one for mislabeling poisoned puffer fish as monkfish.
  • In the meantime, fishermen stab the puffer and throw it back into the water.
  • puffer fish are themselves impervious to tetrodotoxin because of a point mutation in their sodium channel receptors.
  • We spent the first afternoon lolling about above a shallow reef, snorkeling, watching angelfish and puffer fish swim below us.
  • But sometimes a series of little nudges can add up and help a puffer shake the addiction.
  • As in his own collection, he has added elaborate details to the sporty puffer coats in a beautiful way.
British Dictionary definitions for puffer


a person or thing that puffs
Also called globefish. any marine plectognath fish of the family Tetraodontidae, having an elongated spiny body that can be inflated to form a globe
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Word Origin and History for puffer

1620s, agent noun from puff (v.). As "one who praises or extols," from 1736. As a type of fish that inflates itself in defense, from 1814.

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