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

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Recent Examples on the Web Whales sing, toadfish hum, cod grunt, and bearded seals trill. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 13 June 2022 The toadfish are then incinerated in special furnaces, with around 50 tons burned each year. Nick Squires, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Oct. 2021 The research began when Dr. Chagnaud, who studies the vibrating vocalizations of toadfish, wanted to compare the fish to rattlesnakes, which use similar muscles to rattle their tails. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Our most unusual sighting is a toadfish, a cantankerous-looking creature almost completely camouflaged in a rusty pocket of the wreck. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2020 Something that might have been a distant toadfish growl. Rebecca Asoulin, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of toadfish

1704, in the meaning defined above

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“Toadfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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