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

Examples of puffer fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Practice slow and steady breathing with the help of a popular puffer fish, suggests Hall Brown. Amy Capetta, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2022 Nets full of presents and ornaments are suspended from the ceiling among the glowing puffer fish. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 In more than a dozen fruit-forward drinks from bar director Nathaniel Smith, everything from the glassware (a glass puffer fish and a ceramic Great White shark) to the garnishes (a flamingo pool floatie) evokes summer fun in the tropics. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 20 July 2021 In more than a dozen fruit-forward drinks from bar director Nathaniel Smith, everything from the glassware (a glass puffer fish and a ceramic Great White shark) to the garnishes (a flamingo pool floatie) evokes summer fun in the tropics. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 20 July 2021 In more than a dozen fruit-forward drinks from bar director Nathaniel Smith, everything from the glassware (a glass puffer fish and a ceramic Great White shark) to the garnishes (a flamingo pool floatie) evokes summer fun in the tropics. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 20 July 2021 In more than a dozen fruit-forward drinks from bar director Nathaniel Smith, everything from the glassware (a glass puffer fish and a ceramic Great White shark) to the garnishes (a flamingo pool floatie) evokes summer fun in the tropics. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 20 July 2021 In more than a dozen fruit-forward drinks from bar director Nathaniel Smith, everything from the glassware (a glass puffer fish and a ceramic Great White shark) to the garnishes (a flamingo pool floatie) evokes summer fun in the tropics. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 20 July 2021 In more than a dozen fruit-forward drinks from bar director Nathaniel Smith, everything from the glassware (a glass puffer fish and a ceramic Great White shark) to the garnishes (a flamingo pool floatie) evokes summer fun in the tropics. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 20 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of puffer fish

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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11 Jun 2022

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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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