Etymology
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puffer (n.)

1620s, "person or thing that blows in short blasts," agent noun from puff (v.). Earliest in reference to tobacco smokers; later also especially of steamboats and steam engines. As "one who praises or extols with exaggerated commendation," from 1736. As a type of fish that inflates itself in defense, from 1814.

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Definitions of puffer

puffer (n.)
delicacy that is highly dangerous because of a potent nerve poison in ovaries and liver;
Synonyms: blowfish / sea squab / pufferfish
puffer (n.)
any of numerous marine fishes whose elongated spiny body can inflate itself with water or air to form a globe; several species contain a potent nerve poison; closely related to spiny puffers;
Synonyms: pufferfish / blowfish / globefish
From wordnet.princeton.edu