noun (plural same or goosefishes)North American
A bottom-dwelling anglerfish. Also called monkfish.
- Family Lophiidae: several species, in particular Lophius americanus of North American waters.
- A curious and unwary fish would become a meal when the goosefish inhaled and quickly engulfed its prey.
- Since the goosefish is found very deep in the ocean it is a cold water fish.
- In addition to being squat and rather ugly looking, goosefishes have a ‘fishing lure’ on top of their head.
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