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 (hôg′fĭsh′, hŏg′-)
n. pl. hogfish or hog·fish·es
1. An edible reddish wrasse (Lachnolaimus maximus) of the western Atlantic Ocean, having a long snout and long spines on the dorsal fin. Also called hog snapper.
2. Any of various wrasses of the genus Bodianus.
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n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) a wrasse, Lachnolaimus maximus, that occurs in the Atlantic off the SE coast of North America. The head of the male resembles a pig's snout
2. (Animals) another name for pigfish1
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(ˈhɔgˌfɪʃ, ˈhɒg-)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
1. a large, edible wrasse, Lachnolaimus maximus, of the W Atlantic.
2. any of various other fishes having a fancied resemblance to a hog, as the pigfish.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hogfish - large wrasse of western Atlantichogfish - large wrasse of western Atlantic; head of male resembles a pig's snout
wrasse - chiefly tropical marine fishes with fleshy lips and powerful teeth; usually brightly colored
2.hogfish - found from Long Island southwardhogfish - found from Long Island southward  
grunt - medium-sized tropical marine food fishes that utter grunting sounds when caught
genus Orthopristis, Orthopristis - a genus of Haemulidae
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The juvenile Hogfish (Bodianus busellatus), another rarity, is new not only to captive aquatics but to science as well, and was only recently classified as a new species (2006 Gomon).
Think grouper sandwich, peel-and-eat shrimp and hogfish tacos.
DIVING Hogfish season opens on May 1, so if you have your secret spots, get to them.
In 1972, I saw bigeyefish, damselfish, doctorfish, filefish, goatfish, gobies, hogfish, lemon butterflyfish, lizardfish, parrottfish, porcupinefish, pufferfish, queen angelfish, rock beauties, sergeant majors, soldierfish, spot-tail butterflyfish, Spanish hogfish, squirrelfish, tangs, trunkfish, and bluehead or yellowhead wrasses.
This group included grunts (Haemulon spp.), except for the striped grunt; snapper (Lutjanus spp.); grouper (Mycteroperca spp., Epinephelus spp., and the graysby, Cephalopholis cruentata), except for the red grouper; triggerfish (Batistes spp.); and the hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus).
Hogfish Lachnolaimus maximus (Walbaum, 1792) is a labrid fish species distributed from the mid-Atlantic seaboard of the United States (North Carolina) to the North coast of South America (Venezuela and Guyana), including the Bermudas, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea (Carpenter, 2002).
Reef fish involved in cleaning included female Bodianus diplotaenia (Mexican hogfish) and Holacanthus passer (king angelfish).
The Neapolitan-style pizza and local 'hogfish' with sweet Gulf shrimp and Florida corn broth both come highly recommended.
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Then it was on to the Hogfish Amber Our guide pointed out a house decorated with bullet holes from a shoot-out between drug lords
Officials say ending commercial fishing there will improve the numbers and sizes of snappers, groupers, wahoo, mackerel and hogfish.