goosefish

noun

goose·​fish ˈgüs-ˌfish How to pronounce goosefish (audio)
: any of a family (Lophiidae) of pediculate fishes with a large flattened head, a fringe of flaps along each side of the lower jaw, head, and body, and a long stalk on the head with a flap of flesh at the tip for attracting prey
especially : monkfish

Examples of goosefish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Monkfish, also known as goosefish, are predatory fish that camouflage themselves on the ocean bottom and can grow to be about 5 feet long. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goosefish was in 1807

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“Goosefish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goosefish. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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