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fish1 British & World English

A limbless cold-blooded vertebrate animal with gills and fins living wholly in water

fish2 British & World English

A flat plate that is fixed on a beam or across a joint in order to give additional strength

Fish, Hamilton British & World English

(1808–93), US politician. A Republican, he held many political offices, including governor of New York 1849–50, US senator 1851–57, and US secretary of state 1869–77

go fish British & World English

A card game in which each player in turn asks an opponent for a particular card and is told to “go fish” from the undealt deck if denied

bony fish British & World English

A fish of a large class distinguished by a skeleton of bone, and comprising the majority of modern fishes

red fish British & World English

Fish with dark flesh, such as herring, mackerel, sardine, and pilchard

salt fish British & World English

Fish, especially cod, that has been preserved in salt

fish farm British & World English

A place where fish are bred for commercial purposes

fish hawk British & World English

Another term for osprey.

fish pond British & World English

A pond in which live fish are kept

food fish British & World English

A species of fish which is used as food by humans, or forms a major part of the diet of a particular predator

wet fish British & World English

Fresh fish, as opposed to fish which has been frozen, cooked, or dried

wolf fish British & World English

A large long-bodied marine fish with a long-based dorsal fin and sharp doglike teeth, which lives in deep waters of the northern hemisphere

game fish British & World English

A fish caught by anglers for sport, especially (in fresh water) salmon and trout and (in the sea) billfishes, sharks, bass, and many members of the mackerel family

leaf fish British & World English

A small deep-bodied predatory freshwater fish, with mottled brownish-green coloration which gives it a leaf-like appearance

bottom fish British & World English

A species of fish, such as flounder, that is a bottom feeder

queer fish British & World English

A person whose behaviour seems strange or unusual

royal fish British & World English

A whale, porpoise, or sturgeon caught near the British coast or cast ashore there. In these circumstances they belong to the Crown or, in the Duchy of Cornwall, to the Prince of Wales

coarse fish British & World English

Any freshwater fish other than salmon and trout

doctor fish British & World English

A small fish of a kind used in fish pedicures to remove dead or calloused skin

fish eagle British & World English

An eagle that catches and feeds on fish

fish finger British & World English

A small oblong piece of flaked or minced fish coated in batter or breadcrumbs and fried or grilled

fish kettle British & World English

An oval pan for cooking a whole fish

fish knife British & World English

A blunt knife with a broad blade for eating or serving fish

fish ladder British & World English

A series of pools built like steps to enable fish to ascend a dam or waterfall

fish louse British & World English

An aquatic crustacean which is a parasite of fish, typically attached to the skin or gills:

fish sauce British & World English

A Thai and Vietnamese sauce used as a flavoring or condiment, prepared from fermented anchovies and salt

forage fish British & World English

A species of fish which is the prey of more valuable game fish

fish slice British & World English

A kitchen utensil with a broad flat blade for lifting fish and fried foods

fish story British & World English

An incredible or far-fetched story

tiger fish British & World English

Any of a number of aggressive predatory fish, in particular:

white fish British & World English

Fish with pale flesh, such as plaice, halibut, cod, and haddock

flying fish British & World English

A fish of warm seas which leaps out of the water and uses its wing-like pectoral fins to glide over the surface for some distance

medusa fish British & World English

A fish of the cool temperate waters of the North Pacific, the young of which typically accompany jellyfishes and may feed on their tentacles

anemone fish British & World English

Another term for clownfish.

cardinal fish British & World English

A small brightly coloured fish found in shallow tropical seas around reefs. The male often broods the eggs in his mouth

paradise fish British & World English

A small colourful labyrinth fish that is native to SE Asia and popular in aquaria

pickled fish British & World English

A traditional South African dish of fish prepared with onions in a vinegar sauce and flavoured with curry powder, turmeric, and other spices

sergeant fish British & World English

Another term for cobia.

cleaner fish British & World English

A small fish, especially a striped wrasse, that is permitted to remove parasites from the skin, gills, and mouth of larger fishes, to their mutual benefit

elephant fish British & World English

A fish with a trunk-like snout or proboscis

fighting fish British & World English

A small labyrinth fish native to Thailand, the males of which fight vigorously. It has been bred in a variety of colours for aquaria

a big fish British & World English

An important or influential person

fish pedicure British & World English

A cosmetic treatment in which one places one’s feet in a tank containing small fish which nibble away dead or calloused skin

unicorn fish British & World English

Any of a number of fishes with a horn-like projection on the head:

X-ray fish British & World English

A small almost transparent freshwater fish with an opaque body cavity. Native to South America, it is popular in aquaria

gefilte fish British & World English

A dish of stewed or baked stuffed fish, or of fish cakes boiled in a fish or vegetable broth

mosquito fish British & World English

Another term for gambusia.

alligator fish British & World English

A small, slender bottom-dwelling fish of the NW Atlantic, with an armour of bony plates and two curved spines on the snout

butterfly fish British & World English

Any of a number of brightly coloured or boldly marked fish of warm waters, in particular:


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