hog·​fish | \ ˈhȯg-ˌfish How to pronounce hogfish (audio) , ˈhäg-\

Definition of hogfish

: a large West Indian and Florida wrasse (Lachnolaimus maximus) often used for food

Examples of hogfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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, "Fishing rodeo features big fish, crowds and smooth seas," 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, "Wanted dead, not alive: the lionfish. You can make $5,000 if you get rid of them," 20 June 2018 The expansive menu also includes salads, calzones, pasta and entrees like hogfish piccata and clams and linguine. Shayne Benowitz, miamiherald, "Stock Island is Key West's laid-back neighbor. Here's why you should go | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 Eat: Get a taste of Stock Island at Hogfish Bar & Grill for their famous hogfish sandwich and El Mocho (5708 Maloney Ave.) for a colada and the tastiest croquetas this side of Miami. Shayne Benowitz, miamiherald, "How to spend four days island-hopping in the Florida Keys | Miami Herald," 10 Apr. 2018 Some compare this flaky and tasty fish's flavor to that of the popular hogfish. Katie Atkins, miamiherald, "These women caught more than 900 lionfish in 12 hours off the Florida coast," 25 May 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hogfish.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hogfish

1734, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hogfish

Statistics for hogfish

Last Updated

28 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for hogfish

The first known use of hogfish was in 1734

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on hogfish

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with hogfish

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about hogfish

Comments on hogfish

What made you want to look up hogfish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a haphazard or makeshift solution

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!