lump·​fish ˈləmp-ˌfish How to pronounce lumpfish (audio)
: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web What color is a lumpfish? New York Times, 19 July 2022 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1620, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lumpfish was circa 1620

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“Lumpfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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