filefish

noun

file·​fish ˈfī(-ə)l-ˌfish How to pronounce filefish (audio)
: any of various small-mouthed bony fishes (family Monacantidae, especially genera Aluterus, Cantherhines, and Monacanthus) with rough granular leathery skin

Word History

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of filefish was in 1681

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“Filefish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filefish. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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filefish

noun

file·​fish ˈfī(ə)l-ˌfish How to pronounce filefish (audio)
: any of various fishes with rough leathery skin

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