toadfish

noun
toad·​fish | \ ˈtōd-ˌfish How to pronounce toadfish (audio) \

Definition of toadfish

: any of a family (Batrachoididae) of chiefly marine bony fishes having a broad flat head, a wide mouth, and usually scaleless slimy skin and producing sounds (such as grunts) by means of a swim bladder

Examples of toadfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our most unusual sighting is a toadfish, a cantankerous-looking creature almost completely camouflaged in a rusty pocket of the wreck. Washington Post, "Off the North Carolina shore, a deep dive into history," 18 Sep. 2020 Something that might have been a distant toadfish growl. Rebecca Asoulin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Wait, fish make noise? Meet the ‘fish listeners.’ (audio)," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of toadfish

1704, in the meaning defined above

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“Toadfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toadfish. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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