Definition of puffer fish
1 : any of a family (Tetraodontidae) of chiefly tropical scaleless marine bony fishes which can distend themselves to a globular form and most of which are highly poisonous —called also blowfish, globefish, swellfish — compare fugu
2 : any of various fish of the same order (Tetraodontiformes) as the puffer fish
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Rhymes with puffer fish
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Medical Definition of puffer fish
: any of a family (Tetraodontidae) of chiefly tropical, scaleless, marine fishes that when threatened can distend themselves to a large, roundish form and most of which are highly poisonous—called also blowfish, globefish; see fugu
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