butterfish

noun
but·​ter·​fish | \ ˈbə-tər-ˌfish How to pronounce butterfish (audio) \

Definition of butterfish

: any of numerous bony fishes (especially family Stromateidae) with a slippery coating of mucus

Examples of butterfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a plump little sea urchin on a bed of rice and seaweed; thin, tender slices of Wagyu short rib; and a bite of butterfish, artfully plated with a touch of yuzu chili paste. Fortune, "Philadelphia’s Swank New Omakase Restaurant Is Elevated in Every Aspect," 8 Sep. 2019 That causes squid and butterfish, which aren’t good puffin food, to dominate local waters, Major said. Washington Post, "Atlantic puffins pairs are plentiful this year, Audubon scientist says," 6 Aug. 2019 The birds can suffer when waters warm and squid and butterfish, which aren’t good puffin food, dominate local waters, Major said. Patrick Whittle, The Denver Post, "Puffins fill up nesting islands this year despite challenges," 5 Aug. 2019 Creative sashimi are also strong, like butterfish tataki wrapped around crisp white asparagus with a touch of herb and yuzu. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 Millie Clark, Acworth A: Also known as butterfish, blue cod, candlefish and coal cod, sablefish isn’t really part of the cod family at all. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Where can I find it?," 15 Mar. 2018 Misoyaki Butterfish That melt-in-your-mouth feeling of the misoyaki butterfish is delightful. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Every Burger at Umami Burger, Ranked," 23 Oct. 2017 Ahi Tuna This one isn’t as exciting as the misoyaki butterfish burger, but it’s no less tasty. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Every Burger at Umami Burger, Ranked," 23 Oct. 2017 The designation closed the area to commercial fishermen, who go there primarily for lobster, red crab, squid, whiting, butterfish, swordfish and tuna. Brady Mccombs, chicagotribune.com, "Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of butterfish

1673, in the meaning defined above

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“Butterfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butterfish. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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