Share this entry

stonefish Syllabification: stone·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈstōnˌfiSH/

Definition of stonefish in English:

noun (plural same or stonefishes)

A chiefly marine fish of bizarre appearance that lives in the tropical Indo-Pacific. It rests motionless in the sand with its venomous dorsal spines projecting and is a frequent cause of injury to swimmers.
Example sentences
  • In Australia, bottlenose dolphins place sponges over their snouts as protection from the spines of stonefish and stingrays as they forage over shallow seabeds.
  • Harboring death for its victims in each of its 13 dorsal spines, a stonefish takes its time and lies quietly on the ocean floor.
  • Inimicus didactylus is feared by those who come in contact with it due to its painful, venomous spines and resemblance to more deadly stonefishes.

Words that rhyme with stonefish


Definition of stonefish in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day coiffeur
Pronunciation: kwäˈfər
a hairdresser