Definition of cowfish in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkaʊfɪʃ

noun (plural same or cowfishes)

  • 1A boxfish with horn-like spines on the head.
    • Several genera and species in the family Ostraciontidae, in particular Lactoria diaphana
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    • Boxfish, also known cowfish, can be found in warm ocean waters, where they linger near the seafloor.
    • In some boxfishes, such as the aptly named cowfishes, the keels extend forward, beyond the body, to form sharp horns.
    • The specimen is identified as a cowfish based on several morphological characteristics.
  • 2A marine mammal, especially a manatee.

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