Etymology
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Words related to Fish

fishing (n.)

"the art or practice of trying to catch fish," c. 1300, fysschynge, verbal noun from fish (v.). Figurative use from 1540s. The Old English noun was fiscað.

[O]f all diversions which ingenuity ever devised for the relief of idleness, fishing is the worst qualified to amuse a man who is at once indolent and impatient. [Scott, "Waverly," 1814]

Fishing-boat is from 1732. Fishing rod (1550s) is older than fishing pole (1791). To "go fishing" is as old as Old English on fiscoð gan.

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*pisk- 
Proto-Indo-European root meaning "a fish."

It forms all or part of: fish; fishnet; grampus; piscatory; Pisces; piscine; porpoise.

It is the hypothetical source of/evidence for its existence is provided by: Latin piscis (source of Italian pesce, French poisson, Spanish pez, Welsh pysgodyn, Breton pesk); Old Irish iasc; Old English fisc, Old Norse fiskr, Gothic fisks.
shellfish (n.)
also shell-fish, Old English scylfiscas (plural); see shell (n.) + fish (n.).
starfish (n.)
also star-fish, 1530s, from star (n.) + fish (n.).
fisher (n.)
Old English fiscere "fisherman; kingfisher," agent noun from fish (v.). It began to be used of certain animals, hence perhaps the rise of the formation fisherman (1520s). Similar formation in Old Saxon fiskari, Old Frisian fisker, Dutch visscher, German Fischer, Old Norse fiskari.
fishery (n.)
"business of fishing," 1670s; "place where fish are caught," 1690s; see fish (v.) + -ery. Related: Fisheries.
overfish (v.)

also over-fish, "to fish too much, so as to unduly diminish the stock or supply of," 1813, from over- + fish (v.). Related: Overfished; overfishing.

angel-fish (n.)
also angelfish, 1660s, from angel + fish (n.); so called for its wing-like pectoral fins.
blowfish (n.)

also blow-fish, 1862, American English, from blow (v.1) + fish (n.).

Then he described another odd product of the bay, that was known as the blow-fish, and had the power of inflating himself with air when taken out of the water. ["The Young Nimrods in North America," New York, 1881]
bone-fish (n.)
also bonefish, 1734, from bone (n.) + fish (n.).