pl. -·fish· or -·fish·es (see fish)
any of various strangely shaped marine fishes; esp.,
- any of a family (Ogcocephalidae) of angler fishes
- a batlike ray (Myliobatis californica) of the E Pacific
- flying gurnard
Origin of batfishbat + fish
nounpl. batfish or bat·fish·es
Any of various marine anglerfishes of the family Ogcocephalidae, having a laterally compressed body with a large disklike head, expanded pectoral fins, and a retractable appendage above the mouth.
(plural batfishes or batfish)
- Any of several anglerfish of the family Ogcocephalidae
- Any of several spade-shaped, laterally compressed, reef-dwelling tropical fish of the genus Platax.