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n. pl. pigfish or pig·fish·es
A grayish grunt (Orthopristis chrysoptera) of the western Atlantic Ocean, often used as bait.

[From the grunting sound it makes.]


n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) Also called: hogfish any of several grunts, esp Orthopristis chrysopterus, of the North American Atlantic coast
2. (Animals) any of several wrasses, such as Achoerodus gouldii (giant pigfish), that occur around the Great Barrier Reef



n., pl. -fish•es, (esp. collectively) -fish.
a grunt, Orthopristis chrysoptera, living in waters off the Atlantic coast of the southern U.S.
[1800–10, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pigfish - found around the Great Barrier Reefpigfish - found around the Great Barrier Reef
wrasse - chiefly tropical marine fishes with fleshy lips and powerful teeth; usually brightly colored
Achoerodus, genus Achoerodus - a genus of Labridae
2.pigfish - found from Long Island southwardpigfish - 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 winter-spring assemblage consisted principally of pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides), pigfish (Orthopristis chrysoptera), dusky pipefish (Syngnathus floridae), southern puffer (Sphoeroides nephelus), and gulf pipefish (Syngnathus scovelli), which together accounted for more than 95% of the cumulative percent similarity.
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The only species unique to empty floats was pigfish (Orthopristis ehrysoptera), another transient that, although both juveniles and adults are found on oyster reefs and prey on reef crustaceans, are wide ranging and found in a variety of structured habitats (Lenihan et al.
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Live baits that are effective are pinfish, pigfish, mullet, croakers and most any small finfish.
Support band on Saturday is Pigfish, armed with rave reviews from Kerrang and Metal Hammer and "tailor made radio anthems, more direct than the Wildhearts.
At a glance, pigfish look a little like pinfish (and the name will fool you if you're new to the conversation), but they are in the grunt family, unrelated.
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