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Related to trunkfish: Ostraciidae


n. pl. trunkfish or trunk·fish·es


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any tropical plectognath fish of the family Ostraciidae, having the body encased in bony plates with openings for the fins, eyes, mouth, etc. Also called: boxfish or cowfish



n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any of various fishes of the family Ostraciidae, of warm seas, that have a boxlike body within bony plates.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trunkfish - any of numerous small tropical fishes having body and head encased in bony platestrunkfish - any of numerous small tropical fishes having body and head encased in bony plates
plectognath, plectognath fish - tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
cowfish, Lactophrys quadricornis - trunkfish having hornlike spines over the eyes
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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.
Other fish on my dive list included Black-bordered Dascyllus, Cube Trunkfish and a shoal of Doublebar Bream.
A greater percentage of households consumed snapper, grouper, hogfish, triggerfish, jack, trunkfish, and barracuda during 2006 than during 2005 (Table 2).
An ichthyotoxic protein in the defensive skin secretion of the Red Sea trunkfish Ostracion cubicus.
Occurrence of a unique color morph in the smooth trunkfish (Lactophrys triqueter L.) at the Flower Garden Banks and Stetson Bank, Northwest Gulf of Mexico.