Meaning of “catfish” in the English Dictionary

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"catfish" in English

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catfishnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæt.fɪʃ/ us /ˈkæt.fɪʃ/ plural catfish

Examples from literature

  • But some Americans use only their hands to catch catfish. 
  • Catfish lay their eggs in holes under water that is about 21° C. And they like to stay close to their eggs. 
  • Now grab the catfish quickly with your hands and pull it out of the water. 
  • The catfish will think your fingers are food and will bite them. 
  • The male sea catfish is important, too. 
  • In one aquarium there are so many catfish that they make the water cloudy. 
  • Maybe we'd catch some alligators to make things exciting, and maybe some big yellow river catfish. 
  • Perhaps the little bull-head catfish might survive in such muddy water, but I did not believe bass or perch could. 
  • The only kind of fish taken was the common catfish. 
  • We got five catfish off the lines and went home. 

(Definition of “catfish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"catfish" in American English

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catfishnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkætˌfɪʃ/

an edible fish with a flat head and stiff growths like hairs around its mouth, found in rivers and lakes

(Definition of “catfish” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)