Definitions of catfish
  1. noun
    any of numerous mostly freshwater bottom-living fishes of Eurasia and North America with barbels like whiskers around the mouth
    synonyms: siluriform fish
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    silurid, silurid fish
    Old World freshwater catfishes having naked skin and a long anal fin more or less merged with the eellike caudal fin
    bullhead, bullhead catfish
    any of several common freshwater catfishes of the United States
    Ictalurus punctatus, channel cat, channel catfish
    freshwater food fish common throughout central United States
    Pylodictus olivaris, flathead catfish, goujon, mudcat, shovelnose catfish, spoonbill catfish
    large catfish of central United States having a flattened head and projecting jaw
    armored catfish
    South American catfish having the body covered with bony plates
    sea catfish
    any of numerous marine fishes most of which are mouthbreeders; not used for food
    European catfish, Silurus glanis, sheatfish
    large elongated catfish of central and eastern Europe
    Malopterurus electricus, electric catfish
    freshwater catfish of the Nile and tropical central Africa having an electric organ
    Ameiurus Melas, horned pout, hornpout, pout
    catfish common in eastern United States
    brown bullhead
    freshwater catfish of eastern United States
    blue cat, blue catfish, blue channel cat, blue channel catfish
    a large catfish of the Mississippi valley
    crucifix fish
    sea catfish of the Caribbean area
    type of:
    malacopterygian, soft-finned fish
    any fish of the superorder Malacopterygii
  2. noun
    flesh of scaleless food fish of the southern United States; often farmed
    synonyms: mudcat
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    freshwater fish
    flesh of fish from fresh water used as food
  3. noun
    large ferocious northern deep-sea food fishes with strong teeth and no pelvic fins
    synonyms: wolf fish, wolffish
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    blennioid, blennioid fish
    elongated mostly scaleless marine fishes with large pectoral fins and reduced pelvic fins
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