Definitions of butterfish
  1. noun
    slippery scaleless food fish of the northern Atlantic coastal waters
    synonyms: Pholis gunnellus, rock gunnel
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    type of:
    bracketed blenny, gunnel
    small eellike fishes common in shallow waters of the northern Atlantic
  2. noun
    any of numerous small flat Atlantic food fish having smooth skin
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    type of:
    saltwater fish
    flesh of fish from the sea used as food
  3. noun
    small marine fish with a short compressed body and feeble spines
    synonyms: stromateid, stromateid fish
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    Poronotus triacanthus, dollarfish
    small food fish of Atlantic coast
    California pompano, Palometa simillima, palometa
    smaller than Florida pompano; common in West Indies
    Paprilus alepidotus, harvestfish
    butterfish up to a foot long of Atlantic waters from Chesapeake Bay to Argentina
    small (6 inches) tropical butterfishes found worldwide
    larger butterfishes of the western Atlantic from the New York area to the northern Gulf of Mexico
    Hyperglyphe perciformis, barrelfish, black rudderfish
    blackish fish of New England waters
    type of:
    percoid, percoid fish, percoidean
    any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
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