lumpfish

noun
lump·​fish | \ ˈləmp-ˌfish How to pronounce lumpfish (audio) \

Definition of lumpfish

: a northern Atlantic usually greenish fish (Cyclopterus lumpus of the family Cyclopteridae) having rows of nodules on the body and eggs used as a caviar

Examples of lumpfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers plan on testing a smaller and lighter version in the Icelandic lumpfish fishery soon. New York Times, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of lumpfish

circa 1620, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lumpfish

obsolete English lump lumpfish (probably from Dutch lomp blenny, loach) + English fish

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The first known use of lumpfish was circa 1620

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18 May 2021

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“Lumpfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lumpfish. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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