monk·​fish ˈməŋk-ˌfish How to pronounce monkfish (audio)
: either of two goosefishes (Lophius americanus of America and L. piscatorius of Europe) used for food

Examples of monkfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our unfussy but punchy puttanesca pasta was superb (and good value at £14); big as a fist and full of flavor, a serving of monkfish came with a kick of ‘nduja. John O'Ceallaigh, Travel + Leisure, 25 Apr. 2024 There are more demanding dishes worth tackling: monkfish Bourride with aioli and skate with sambal. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2023 Chris Cronin, chef/co-owner of Union Flats Seafood Co., holding monkfish caught locally. Globe Staff,, 22 June 2022 There’s the monkfish, of course, plus a box of conch. Globe Staff,, 22 June 2022 Great options include mussels, scallops and chunks of firm-fleshed fish like swordfish, cod, halibut, mahi-mahi and monkfish. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2023 Mislabeling of pufferfish as monkfish has led to temporary neurological damage in some consumers in 2007 and a monkfish recall. Ashton Yoon, Discover Magazine, 28 Mar. 2017 The aforementioned kebabs come in a variety of combinations, including maitake mushroom, monkfish, and lamb koobideh. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 27 June 2023 Targeting them eventually became commercially unviable, and the name monkfish was relegated to another species, the anglerfish. Dag Goering, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monkfish was in 1666

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“Monkfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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