anglerfish

noun
ang·​ler·​fish | \-ˌfish \

Definition of anglerfish 

: any of several pediculate fishes (such as the goosefishes) especially : monkfish

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Male anglerfish are born with one goal: to find a mate. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 2018 And while female anglerfish are hard to miss, males are tragically dim in comparison—in more ways than one. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 2018 The infamous anglerfish appears to use bioluminescence for both. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 2018 Pietsch says this is only the third time deep-sea anglerfish behavior has been caught on film. National Geographic, "Deep-Sea Anglerfish Caught Mating in First-of-Its-Kind Video," 23 Mar. 2018 Deep-sea anglerfish are a strange and fascinating sight to behold. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Elusive Deep-Sea Anglerfish Seen Mating for the First Time," 26 Mar. 2018 The submersible the Jakobsens used to film the anglerfish has been in operation since 2013. National Geographic, "Deep-Sea Anglerfish Caught Mating in First-of-Its-Kind Video," 23 Mar. 2018 Like other deep-sea anglerfish, the female has a bioluminescent, lurelike appendage that drifts in front of her head to attract prey. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it’. Video of mating deep-sea anglerfish stuns biologists," 22 Mar. 2018 But the Jakobsens’ video allows researchers to observe anglerfish in their natural habitat. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Elusive Deep-Sea Anglerfish Seen Mating for the First Time," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of anglerfish

1834, in the meaning defined above

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