ang·​ler·​fish | \ ˈaŋ-glər-ˌfish How to pronounce anglerfish (audio) \

Definition of anglerfish

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

Examples of anglerfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Pacific footballfish is a large but rarely encountered deep-sea anglerfish known from only 31 specimens recovered worldwide. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2022 An ultra-rare, bizarre anglerfish that washed ashore near San Diego is California’s third this year. Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 The finding comes just a week after a Pacific footballfish -- a deep-sea anglerfish much rarer than the lancetfish -- washed up about three miles away on Black's Beach. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, 3 Dec. 2021 How the anglerfish ended up washing ashore on the California beach is unknown. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2021 Due to their large mouths, anglerfish are capable of swallowing prey as large as themselves, with their angular teeth preventing any potential food from escaping. Priya Shukla, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Last week, an anglerfish, also known as a footballfish, washed ashore at the Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 Post looked at the photo of the fish posted on the Facebook page of Davey’s Sportfishing & Whale Watching, and also confirmed that there are species of footballfish and anglerfish in Florida’s coastal waters as well. Chris Perkins,, 10 May 2021 Smithsonian and Duke University scientists found ultra-black fishes—like the Pacific blackdragon, the anglerfish and the black swallower—have a special arrangement of black pigments within their skin that absorb at least 99.5 percent of light. Danielle Hall, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of anglerfish

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anglerfish

angler + fish entry 1; so called from the lure-like luminescent organ that extends from the tip of a modified dorsal fin in females

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23 May 2022

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“Anglerfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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