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n. pl. lumpfish or lump·fishes
Any of various fishes of the family Cyclopteridae, especially Cyclopterus lumpus of North Atlantic waters, having a stout knobby body with pelvic fins united to form a suction disk, and producing roe that is used for caviar. Also called lumpsucker.

[Obsolete lump (perhaps from Dutch lomp, burbot, eelpout, lumpfish; probably akin to Dutch lomp, sabot, wooden shoe (since the fish have a plump shape and blunt heads) and English lump) + fish.]
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n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) a North Atlantic scorpaenoid fish, Cyclopterus lumpus, having a globular body covered with tubercles, pelvic fins fused into a sucker, and an edible roe: family Cyclopteridae
2. (Animals) any other fish of the family Cyclopteridae
Also called: lumpsucker
[C16: lump (now obsolete) lumpfish, from Middle Dutch lumpe, perhaps related to lump1]
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n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any thick-bodied, knobby-skinned fish of the family Cyclopteridae, having pelvic fins united to form a sucking disc.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lumpfish - clumsy soft thick-bodied northern Atlantic fish with pelvic fins fused into a suckerlumpfish - clumsy soft thick-bodied northern Atlantic fish with pelvic fins fused into a sucker; edible roe used for caviar
scorpaenoid, scorpaenoid fish - fishes having the head armored with bony plates
Cyclopterus, genus Cyclopterus - type genus of the Cyclopteridae: lumpfishes
lumpsucker - any of several very small lumpfishes
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Ocean Matters has secured a PS500,000 loan from the Development Bank of Wales and PS500,000 from HSBC to develop plans to double their current lumpfish production in an effort to meet growing demand.
And with the new financial firepower, it plans to double its current lumpfish production capacity from two million to four million in an effort to meet growing demand.
In the closely related species of the lumpfish, females survive after spawning, exit the spawning grounds, and return offshore when oviposition is complete (Cox and Anderson, 1922; Kennedy et al., 2015).
Norway spends 50 million Norwegian krone (5.35 million [pounds sterling]) a year tackling the problem of lice and many farms deploy wrasse and lumpfish to eat the lice that attach to farmed fish.
For the past four years the company has been successfully marketing lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) to the Chinese market, where its thick, sea cucumber-like skin is regarded as a delicacy.
dahlii was limited to its principal host, the lumpfish Cyclopterus lumpus (Woo, 1987).
Possibly the almost universal prestige of musk, which was used and admired in the Arab world, in South Asia, and in China, paved the way for this other animal aromatic, which was cheaper and in many places available locally--not unlike salmon and lumpfish "caviars," which are local products that have been reconfigured and given a new, though relative, prestige owing to their resemblance to sturgeon caviar.
As many offshore and midshore operations with crab or shrimp licences prospered, those in the inshore fishery struggled to make do through a combination of government support payments and smaller scale fisheries for less profitable species like lobster, capelin, and lumpfish. The fact that in many areas changing ocean conditions brought increasing numbers of snow crab into inshore waters, meaning that small boat operators were coming into contact with them much more regularly, made the situation all the more frustrating.
The Co-op presented plans for marketing of cod, salmon, lobster, and turbot, and a probable market for lumpfish roe in Germany (ibid.).
Finally take a very small spoon of lumpfish roe and put onto the chantilly.
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This display in Tokyo's Epson Aqua Stadium is of Pacific lumpfish, or lumpsuckers, The Ping Pong ball sized fish, or Eumicrotremus pacificus, uses a sucker disc on its belly to stick-like a suction cup to the rocks on the ocean floor where it lives off the island of Hokkaido.