Definition of hogfish in English:

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hogfish

Pronunciation: /ˈhɒɡfɪʃ/

noun (plural same or hogfishes)

A colourful wrasse (fish) that occurs chiefly in the warm waters of the western Atlantic, often acting as a cleaner fish for other species.
  • Several genera and species in the family Labridae, in particular the large edible Lachnolaimus maximus.
Example sentences
  • Longfin damselfish aggressively defend their territory from all intruders and are therefore rarely cleaned by facultative cleaners such as juvenile bluehead wrasse and Spanish hogfish.
  • A Spanish hogfish poses in its zebra-striped nightclothes, but every time I bring it into my lamp beam to frame up its portrait, it instantly changes back to its drab daylight guise.
  • A hogfish had been ‘cleaning’ me, nibbling at my equipment and at my fingers.

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