batfish

noun
bat·​fish | \ ˈbat-ˌfish How to pronounce batfish (audio) \

Definition of batfish

: any of several fishes with winglike processes especially : any of a family (Ogcocephalidae of the order Lophiiformes) of flattened pediculate bony fishes

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Examples of batfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Red-lipped batfish or Venezuelan poodle moth, anyone? Bryn Nelson /, NBC News, 14 June 2018 The exhibit includes more than 20 different species, including the panther chameleon, naked mole rat, walking batfish, giant Pacific octopus and more. Brittany Nader, cleveland.com, 15 May 2018 Finds from the past several years include, for instance, a North African spider that cartwheels its way out of danger and a pancake batfish from Louisiana that hops on its fins. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, 29 Mar. 2017 Andrew Delano Among the 650 entries from 18 different countries and 15 states were shots of some of the planet’s most awesome inhabitants, from baby flying fish flapping in the inky black to a school of eerie batfish. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 26 May 2017 Among the 650 entries from 18 different countries and 15 states were shots of some of the planet’s most awesome inhabitants, from baby flying fish flapping in the inky black to a school of eerie batfish. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 26 May 2017 Andrew Delano Among the 650 entries from 18 different countries and 15 states were shots of some of the planet’s most awesome inhabitants, from baby flying fish flapping in the inky black to a school of eerie batfish. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 26 May 2017 The Curious Creatures exhibit opens June 3 and includes naked mole rats, leaf-cutter ants, red-eyed tree frogs, walking batfish, chain dogfish, flashlight fish, mata mata turtle and more. James Ewinger, cleveland.com, 24 May 2017 Finds from the past several years include, for instance, a North African spider that cartwheels its way out of danger and a pancake batfish from Louisiana that hops on its fins. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, 2 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of batfish

1808, in the meaning defined above

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“Batfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/batfish. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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