Definition of Catfish

1. Noun. Flesh of scaleless food fish of the southern United States; often farmed.

Exact synonyms: Mudcat
Generic synonyms: Freshwater Fish



2. Noun. Large ferocious northern deep-sea food fishes with strong teeth and no pelvic fins.
Exact synonyms: Wolf Fish, Wolffish
Generic synonyms: Blennioid, Blennioid Fish
Group relationships: Anarhichas, Genus Anarhichas

3. Noun. Any of numerous mostly freshwater bottom-living fishes of Eurasia and North America with barbels like whiskers around the mouth.

Definition of Catfish

1. n. A name given in the United States to various species of siluroid fishes; as, the yellow cat (Amiurus natalis); the bind cat (Gronias nigrilabrus); the mud cat (Pilodictic oilwaris), the stone cat (Noturus flavus); the sea cat (Arius felis), etc. This name is also sometimes applied to the wolf fish. See Bullhrad.

Definition of Catfish

1. Noun. Any fish of the order ''Siluriformes'', that are mainly found in freshwater, are without scales, and have barbels like whiskers around the mouth. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Catfish

1. a scaleless, large-headed fish [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Catfish

1. Common name to express the order siluriformes. This order contains many families and over 2,000 species, including venomous species. Heteropneustes and plotosus genera have dangerous stings and are aggressive. most species are passive stingers. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Catfish

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1. Fish Stories Alleged and Experienced: With a Little History Natural and by Charles Frederick Holder, David Starr Jordan (1909)
"When the catfish was first introduced from the Potomac into the Sacramento, ... The perch fed on the little catfish, which spread out its fins, ..."

2. Elementary Lessons in Zoology: A Guide in Studying Animal Life and Structure by James George Needham (1895)
"THE catfish. The following directions are written with special reference to the common channel cat or white catfish ..."

3. The Book of Humorous Verse by Carolyn Wells (1920)
"THE catfish Unknown. THE saddest fish that swims the briny ocean, The catfish I bewail. I cannot even think without emotion Of his distressful tail. ..."

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