puffer fish


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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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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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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