anglerfish

(redirected from anglerfishes)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

an·gler·fish

 (ăng′glər-fĭsh′)
n. pl. anglerfish or an·gler·fish·es
Any of various marine fishes of the order Lophiiformes, having a long dorsal fin ray that is suspended over the mouth and serves as a lure to attract prey.

an•gler

(ˈæŋ glər)

n.
1. a person who fishes with a hook and line.
2. a person who tries to get something through scheming.
3. any of various large-mouthed marine fishes of the family Lophiidae, having a wormlike lure dangling from the head for attracting prey.
[1545–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anglerfish - fishes having large mouths with a wormlike filament attached for luring preyanglerfish - fishes having large mouths with a wormlike filament attached for luring prey
family Lophiidae, Lophiidae - large-headed marine fishes comprising the anglers
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
monkfish - flesh of a large-headed anglerfish of the Atlantic waters of North America
Translations

anglerfish

[ˈæŋgləfɪʃ] Nrape m
References in periodicals archive ?
Lophius, a genus commonly known as anglerfishes or monkfishes, includes 7 species broadly distributed and exploited worldwide.
The ceratioid anglerfishes of the family Himantolophidae are most frequently caught at depths of 200-800 m (Bertelsen and Krefft 1988), mainly in tropical and subtropical waters.
Anglerfishes, deep-sea predators throughout the world ocean, attract prey in dimly lit waters with a lure; some lures are brightly lit by bacterial symbionts.