hog·​fish ˈhȯg-ˌfish How to pronounce hogfish (audio)
: a large West Indian and Florida wrasse (Lachnolaimus maximus) often used for food

Examples of hogfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Experts have long warned against eating large predator fish like barracuda, although restaurant favorites like mahi mahi, hogfish and grouper can also carry ciguatera, scientists say. David Goodhue, Miami Herald, 28 Mar. 2024 Like a chameleon, a hogfish can quickly change the color of its skin. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2023 By tracking changes in skin color, the light-sensitive opsins could allow hogfish to fine-tune their color changing to match their surroundings. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2023 This is the wavelength of light that the pigment granules in the hogfish absorb best. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 23 Aug. 2023 Based on previous studies, Schweikert and her colleagues knew that hogfish skin contains a blue-light-sensitive protein called SWS1. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 22 Aug. 2023 Maui is popular for both offshore trolling (blue and striped marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi) and bottom fishing (snapper, amberjack, hogfish, goatfish and more). Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 4 May 2023 Austin was wowed by an African pompano, while Gregory locked in on a spotted hogfish, with its orange body and distinct yellow tail. Michael Dumas, al.com, 20 July 2019 Over the last five years, some dozen South Florida restaurants began serving lionfish on their menus because the delicate, flaky fish, often compared to hogfish and snapper, is a taste treat. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, 20 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hogfish was in 1734

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“Hogfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hogfish. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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