puffer fish

noun

Definition of puffer fish

1 : any of a family (Tetraodontidae) of chiefly tropical scaleless marine bony fishes which can distend themselves to a globular form and most of which are highly poisonous

called also blowfish, globefish, swellfish

— compare fugu
2 : any of various fish of the same order (Tetraodontiformes) as the puffer fish

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Recent Examples on the Web In the test, an antibody can bind to one of the spike proteins (the antigens) that cover the surface of the virus like the spines on a puffer fish. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "‘Breakthrough’ COVID-19 Tests Are Currently Cheap, Fast—and Not Very Accurate," 7 May 2020 USA TODAY Yangzhong, a tiny island in eastern China, was largely known for its culinary take on puffer fish before the coronavirus pandemic. Dian Zhang, USA TODAY, "Amid coronavirus shortages, manufacturing face mask filters in China is like printing money," 30 Apr. 2020 The sculptures, which started with a puffer fish in 2012, were inspired by a trip to Florida. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "New Brighton’s Bartz brothers are building a ‘whale’ of a snow sculpture for January reveal," 23 Dec. 2019 Try the Chesapeake Bay sugar toads — a puffer fish, fried and spiked with pink peppercorns — with a hard cider or piquette from Old Westminster Winery in Maryland. Brett Anderson, New York Times, "10 Reasons Washington Is a Great Restaurant City," 29 Oct. 2019 Too much tetrodotoxin from a puffer fish can kill a person. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Children’s researchers look to puffer fish as source of possible replacement for opioids," 12 June 2019 The puffer fish is comically ugly but tasty enough that adventurous eaters ignore the fact that parts of it are poisonous. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Children’s researchers look to puffer fish as source of possible replacement for opioids," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of puffer fish

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Puffer fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puffer%20fish. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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puffer fish

noun
variants: or pufferfish

Medical Definition of puffer fish

: any of a family (Tetraodontidae) of chiefly tropical, scaleless, marine fishes that when threatened can distend themselves to a large, roundish form and most of which are highly poisonous

called also blowfish, globefish

— see fugu

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