Words related to fish

lung-fish (n.)

also lungfish, 1883, from lung (n.) + fish (n.).

mudfish (n.)

"fish which lives or burrows in mud," c. 1500, from mud (n.) + fish (n.).

panfish (n.)

also pan-fish, "fish of the right size and quality for frying whole in a pan," by 1814, American English, from pan (n.1) + fish (n.).

parrot-fish (n.)

name given to various species on account of colors or a strong, hard mouth, 1712, from parrot (n.) + fish (n.).

pilot-fish (n.)

type of warm-water fish, 1630s, from pilot (n.) + fish (n.). So called because they were thought to lead sharks to prey. It is uncertain whether this is the same fish known to the Ancients as pompilus (Greek pompilos, "pilot").

pipe-fish (n.)

also pipefish, fish with a long, tubular snout, by 1769, from pipe (n.1) + fish (n.).

redfish (n.)

also red-fish, 15c., used of various species in different places and times, especially originally the male salmon in spawning season; from red (adj.1) + fish (n.). So called for their color or markings.

sailfish (n.)

also sail-fish, "fish with a long or large dorsal fin," 1590s, from sail (n.) + fish (n.).

sawfish (n.)

also saw-fish, "selachian fish having a long, flat snout with horizontal projecting teeth" (used in killing prey), 1660s; see saw (n.1.) + fish (n.).

silverfish (n.)

1703, in reference to various types of silver-colored fish (similar formation in German Silberfisch, Dutch zilvervisch); from silver (adj.) + fish (n.). In reference to a type of household insect damaging to books, wallpaper, etc. (also known as silvertail, fishtail, furniture-bug, etc.), it is attested from 1855.

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