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Meaning of catfish

cat•fish

Pronunciation: (kat'fish"), [key]
— -fish, -fish•es.
  1. any of the numerous fishes of the order or suborder Nematognathi (or Siluroidei), characterized by barbels around the mouth and the absence of scales.
  2. a wolffish of the genus Anarhichas.
  3. any of various other fishes having a fancied resemblance to a cat.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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