porcupine fish

noun

Definition of porcupine fish

: any of several bony fishes (family Diodontidae) that have sharp spines covering the body and inflate themselves into a sphere when threatened especially : a spotted chiefly tropical fish (Diodon hystrix) that is olive to brown above with white below

First Known Use of porcupine fish

1681, in the meaning defined above

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“Porcupine fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porcupine%20fish. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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