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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The meals seem elaborate; cajun-spiced monkfish with chorizo and polenta and cornflake chicken sliders with gochujang mayonnaise are two of the offerings. Marc Bona, cleveland, 7 Dec. 2021 To accentuate the flavor of the monkfish, Shetty adds Thai fish sauce to the pool. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 The Fishers physical therapist prepared 20 dishes from monkfish to fresh pasta in challenges as a contestant seeking to impress more than a dozen celebrity chefs over episodes aired weekly on Fox. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Sep. 2021 Murphy turned in pan-seared monkfish served over cauliflower puree and topped with a fish sauce caramel infused with lemongrass and ginger. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 24 June 2021 Viewers can see Murphy in the first week of actual competition, in which monkfish and guest chef Masaharu Morimoto will be featured on Wednesday. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2021 MasterChef Having watched culinary master Masaharu Morimoto prepare his signature monkfish, the contestants do their best to re-create the dish in this new episode. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021 Finish monkfish: fill a large saucepan halfway with water and heat to 140 degrees, using a thermometer to monitor temperature. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, 14 Apr. 2016 Highlights include gazpacho, ravioli turkey breast roulade or monkfish and a strawberry Charlotte dessert. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2020 See More

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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 25 Mar. 2023.

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