wolf·​fish | \ ˈwu̇lf-ˌfish How to pronounce wolffish (audio) \

Definition of wolffish

: any of several large marine bony fishes (genus Anarhichas of the family Anarhicadidae) of cold northern waters having strong canine teeth in the front of the jaws and molar teeth on the sides and that feed chiefly on shellfish, starfish, and sea urchins

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Examples of wolffish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Niceland Seafoods, a company that specializes in Icelandic imports, sold out of a shipment of wolffish (it’s kind of like catfish) in a Denver supermarket in four days. Popular Science, 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of wolffish

1569, in the meaning defined above

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“Wolffish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolffish. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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