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trunk·fish

 (trŭngk′fĭsh′)
n. pl. trunkfish or trunk·fish·es
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trunkfish

(ˈtrʌŋkˌfɪʃ)
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
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trunk•fish

(ˈtrʌŋkˌfɪʃ)

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.
[1795–1805]
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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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Boxfishes, sometimes called trunkfishes, constitute a family of bony fish characterized by having a body encased in a bony carapace (Smith 1986; Nelson 2006).