puffer

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puff·er

noun \ˈpə-fər\

: a type of poisonous fish that can inflate its body with air so that it forms a ball

Full Definition of PUFFER

1
:  one that puffs

First Known Use of PUFFER

1629

puff·er

noun \ˈpəf-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PUFFER

puffer

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Starry puffer fish (Arothron stellatus).—Douglas Faulkner

Any of about 90 species (family Tetraodontidae) of fishes that, when disturbed, inflate themselves into a globular shape with air or water. Most species occur in warm and temperate seas worldwide; some occur in brackish or fresh water. Puffers have tough, usually prickly, skin; their fused teeth form a beaklike structure, split in the center of each jaw. The largest grow to 3 ft (90 cm) long, but most are considerably smaller. Though they contain a lethal toxin, they are sometimes eaten, especially in Japan, where puffers (called fugu) are prepared by a specially trained chef.

Variants of PUFFER

puffer or blowfish

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