Butterfish definitions

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Any of various fishes of the family Stromateidae having tender oily flesh, especially Peprilus triacanthus of the North American Atlantic coast.
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Any of various other fishes having oily flesh or slippery skin.
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Any of various fishes (esp. family Stromateidae) with a slippery, protective covering of mucus, as a gunnel.
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Any of various species of fish having a slippery mucous coating, especially.
  • Perciform fish of the family Stromateidae, including the genera Pampus, Peprilus and Stromateus.
  • A rock gunnel, Pholis gunnellus, an eel-like fish found in the intertidal and subtidal zones of the North Atlantic.
  • The New Zealand fish Odax pullus, also known as greenbone.
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Origin of butterfish

Originally applied to a species of gunnel found in British waters, noted for its slippery coating of mucus