Definition of lumpfish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈləmpˌfiSH/

noun (plural same or lumpfishes)

A North Atlantic lumpsucker, the roe of which is sometimes used as a substitute for caviar.
  • Cyclopterus lumpus, family Cyclopteridae.
Example sentences
  • Even though 41% of the sampling trips were made during these months, when adjusted for catch per unit of effort, 78% of the juvenile lumpfish were still encountered in July and August.
  • Juvenile lumpfish living in tidepools must deal with potential fluctuations of natural prey items between tidal cycles.
  • There is a considerable difference between the edibility of male and female; which is why there are separate names for them in countries where the lumpfish is well known, such as Sweden and Iceland.


Early 17th century: from Middle Low German lumpen, Middle Dutch lompe + fish1.

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Syllabification: lump·fish

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