nounpl. (see fish) -·fish·, -·fish·es
any of several sluggish, marine percoid fishes (family Cyclopteridae), esp. a large N Atlantic species (Cyclopterus lumpus), usually having a heavy body with hard spines, lumps, and a powerful ventral sucker
also called lump′suck·er
Origin of lumpfishprobably so called from the bony tubercles
nounpl. lumpfish, or lump·fishes
Any of various fishes of the family Cyclopteridae, especially Cyclopterus lumpus of North Atlantic waters, having a stout knobby body with pelvic fins united to form a suction disk, and producing roe that is used for caviar. Also called lumpsucker .
Origin of lumpfishObsolete lump ( perhaps from Dutch lomp burbot, eelpout, lumpfish ) ( probably akin to Dutch lomp sabot, wooden shoe (since the fish have a plump shape and blunt heads) ) (English lump 1) fish
(plural lumpfish or lumpfishes)